Katie McGinty Calls on D.A. Seth Williams to Fire “Porngate” Lawyers

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Businesswoman and former DEP Secretary Katie McGinty has run a solid campaign, building a network and achieving fundraising success. But most important, she, unlike opponents Allyson Schwartz and Rob McCord, stayed away from attacking Wolf. Given that, combined with Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s implosion and much of the Democratic establishment disliking former congressman Joe Sestak, watch for the articulate McGinty to quickly become the frontrunner against freshman Pat Toomey in 2016.

Katie McGinty

U.S. Senate candidate Katie McGinty on Wednesday waded into the “Porngate” controversy, calling on Philadelphia’s top prosecutor, Seth Williams, to fire scandal-tarred lawyers in his office and saying that a state Supreme Court justice should resign over the matter.

“As a woman and the mother of three girls, I am appalled by the misogynistic, homophobic, and racist messages that were sent by these officials,” McGinty, a Democrat, said in a series of early afternoon tweets on the issue.

Today I called on PA Justice Michael Eakin to resign his position for his role in the hateful and obscene emails that were circulated.

— Katie McGinty (@KatieMcGintyPA) November 18, 2015[1]

I've also called on DA Williams to fire the 3 prosecutors who were involved in the distribution of this offensive and vile content.

— Katie McGinty (@KatieMcGintyPA) November 18, 2015[2]

As a woman and the mother of 3 girls, I am appalled by the misogynistic, homophobic, and racist messages that were sent by these officials.

— Katie McGinty (@KatieMcGintyPA) November 18, 2015[3]

Pennsylvanians cannot have faith in a justice system in which our justices and District Attorneys find such content entertaining.

— Katie McGinty (@KatieMcGintyPA) November 18, 2015[4]

I urge Justice Eakin to step down and District Attorney Williams to remove the prosecutors for their role in disseminating repugnant emails

— Katie McGinty (@KatieMcGintyPA) November 18, 2015[5]

It’s perhaps no surprise that McGinty would criticize Justice Michael Eakin, a Republican who is under investigation by the Judicial Conduct Board for his participation in the exchange of pornographic emails between 2009 and 2012.

It’s somewhat more surprising, however, that McGinty — who faces a primary battle with Joe Sestak in order to face incumbent Pat Toomey in next year’s election — would publicly criticize fellow Democrat Williams while her campaign is on the line. Then again: Democratic women have proven increasingly critical of Williams and his handling of the controversy — last week female members of the Philadelphia City Council called on Williams[6] to fire the “Porngate” figures in his office.

A Williams spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment. Following last week’s demonstration by Council members, though, he reiterated his choice to retain the employees touched by the scandal. Three Philadelphia prosectors who were part of the email chain[7]: Frank FinaMarc Costanzo and Pat Blessington.

“I have reviewed this matter and the individuals involved have been disciplined,” Williams said at the time. “I agree that the material in question was offensive, but I would remind everyone involved that this behavior never took place in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. My office has remained fully committed to doing the important work of making Philadelphia streets safer every day.”

Follow @JoelMMathis[8] on Twitter.

Endnotes:
  1. November 18, 2015: https://twitter.com/KatieMcGintyPA/status/667056238144978948
  2. November 18, 2015: https://twitter.com/KatieMcGintyPA/status/667056453363081216
  3. November 18, 2015: https://twitter.com/KatieMcGintyPA/status/667056688034353153
  4. November 18, 2015: https://twitter.com/KatieMcGintyPA/status/667056985070804992
  5. November 18, 2015: https://twitter.com/KatieMcGintyPA/status/667057363569000448
  6. female members of the Philadelphia City Council called on Williams: https://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/11/12/city-council-women-porngate-prosecutors/
  7. email chain: https://www.phillymag.com/tag/porn-email-scandal/
  8. @JoelMMathis: http://twitter.com/JoelMMathis

Source URL: https://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/11/18/mcginty-fire-porngate-lawyers/