President Judge Reneges on Deal to Step Down
Distressed with the tyrranical reign of despotic President Judge Kenneth A. Clouse, and unsettled by the ongoing investigation by the Judicial Conduct Board, last week the Board of Judges thought that at last a compromise had been reached: Clouse would step down as President Judge in favor of his trusted friend the Honorable Edward Zetusky. But after a few days Clouse reneged, and now the Board of Judges is wondering: why? and what happens when the dam breaks and the JCB finishes its investigation?
Undoubtedly, Delco's own Livia Soprano, the redoutable Lynn Cohen-Clouse, plays a role in Clouse's about-face. What fun is it being the girlfriend/wife/consort of the former President Judge? Better to have a few more months in the power seat and get what you can, then endure the disgrace of impeachment, than to go quietly into that good night, stripped of all power and influence. This woman is no Pat Nixon.
No one knows when the JCB will finish its investigation. Is there anyone left in Delco who hasn't been interviewed? Any rock that hasn't been turned over yet? When charges are brought how will Clouse spin it? It will be hard to call the charges politically-motivated after a thorough investigation, and who would believe that anyway? The Democratic Party doesn't have any control over the JCB.
The press coverage will come from far and wide, from people that don't know about or care about Delco politics: they will talk about the judge who sold fundraiser tickets from his chambers, who hired his best buddy for a no-show job, who hired his new girlfriend for another no-show job, who openly plays politics.
With George Bush slipping in the polls, public confidence in the GOP will be even more diminished, and Rick Santorum will not do well in Delco. Charlie Sexton, wake up! You promised Santorum a better showing in 2006, but if the Clouse scandal breaks before the election, you won't be able to deliver.
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