The scandal over the pornographic emails that circulated though the Tom Corbett-led attorney general's office earned the race between now-Gov. Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf a spot on the Washington Post's list of the most ridiculous campaigns in the country.
On Wednesday, the ridiculousness continued, probably to the undying irritation of Mr. Corbett.
Not long after the news about the emails broke, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille said he wanted to know if any judges or justices had been involved in the extensive email chain. Early reports, initially by the Morning Call, pointed a finger at Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery, saying he sent or received at least eight of the racy messages from a personal computer to an unnamed recipient in the attorney general's office. McCaffery denied involvement in the scandal.
Turns out that number might have been a bit conservative.
Justice Castille said on Wednesday that McCaffery sent or received 234 messages; those contained a total of 1,502 explicit images and 60 explicit videos. McCaffery has yet to comment, and the statement from the Supreme Court that outlined the details said only that the matter is under further review.
There are two things to think about here. First, we have to think this will be the source of further deterioration in the relationship between Justices Castille and McCaffery, a relationship that wasn't especially good to begin with.
And it means, once again, that any hopes on the part of Mr. Corbett of putting this scandal to bed anytime soon – like, say, before the Nov. 4 election – look more dim every day. Mr. Wolf – who continues to hold a double-digit lead with under three weeks to go – probably doesn't need the help of an October Surprise to win the governor's seat. That he got one anyway – and that there is no end in sight – is bad news for the governor.