DAILY GRINDER: ‘Junk’-Exposing Traffic Court Judge Removed—For Something Else
Remember Willie Singletary? We mentioned him yesterday as the Traffic Court judge who allegedly exposed himself to a fellow government employee? Well, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has suspended him for remarks he made back in 2007 – which just recently found their way onto YouTube – asking inhabitants of a biker rally for donations and, in exchange, he’d be their “hook up” in traffic court. This guy! Back in 2007, he owed $11,000 in traffic fines. He became a Traffic Court judge in 2008. Then, last year, he allegedly asked the female government worker, to whom he showed his junk, “Don’t you want a piece of this?”
Presidential candidate Rick Santorum was booed yesterday in New Hampshire for sticking to his guns, and continuing to call gay marriage as he sees it: In the most recent comparison, equal to polygamy. It happened during a campaign stop with college students. He was challenged on gay marriage, with one student saying the love between same-sex couples should be legal because Americans are guaranteed the pursuit of happiness. Santorum responded, “If you’re not happy unless you’re married to five other people, is that OK?” And no one seemed to like that — even though the correct answer, in some places, is “yes.” Call it what you will, but he’s not pandering the way we saw Mitt Romney recite ‘America the Beautiful’ the other night. What the hell was that, anyway?
The Philadelphia Archdiocese is set to announce several school closures today. Early reports say as many as 40 schools may be shut down in the 5-county region.
The Brian Sims for State Rep. campaign will release its fundraising numbers later today. And they look pretty good: According to the campaign, they raised $72,000 in 2011 from 400 different individual donors.
Former Congressman Patrick Murphy and former assistant Philadelphia District Attorney Dan McCaffery aren’t the only Democrats running for Attorney General. So is former assistant Lackawanna County District Attorney Kathleen Kane. And her campaign is reporting she’s got $2 million cash on hand for the race.
Republican City Councilman David Oh had his car towed by the Philadelphia Parking Authority, even though he was parked legally in front of the Municipal Services Building. And so, begins a mystery. Except, Oh, of course, beat Al Taubenberger in the Republican at-Large election in November, Taubenberger sits on the PPA Board, and Oh is an on-again, off-again member of the insurgent wing of the GOP. The plot thickens…
One of the Rangers fans who got into a fight with three Flyers fans after the Winter Classic is speaking out. His name’s Neil Aurrichio. He’s from Woodbridge, NJ, he’s a police officer and decorated Iraq war veteran. He and others claim he was trying to calm the Flyers fans down, but that clearly didn’t work, if you saw the video (linked yesterday). Now, he says, “I have blurry vision in my left eye, it was completely swollen shut initially, it’s getting better. I’m waiting for the results on my cat scan currently.” So, what’s he want? Simple: “I just want to see them suffer criminally for what they did,” he told CBS.