Corman: Boockvar’s Ineptness is a Failure for Survivors of Child Sex Abuse

Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R-34) issued the following statement on Governor Wolf’s announcement that Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar will resign after failing to property advertise a constitutional amendment that was to help victims of child sex abuse:

“I have been saying for a long time that Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar’s ineptness has been detrimental to Pennsylvania. This is just one in a series of disasters throughout her tenure. This time, Secretary Boockvar has failed the survivors of child sex abuse and disregarded the will of the people. At best, this was incompetence. At worst, this was malfeasance.

“By mismanaging a simple – but constitutionally significant – advertising requirement, Secretary Boockvar once again put on full display that she is incapable of reading the Constitution and implementing Pennsylvania law. From the beginning we maintained that the only way to ensure justice for these victims was to amend the PA Constitution. Having thought the opportunity to achieve this justice was in sight as the General Assembly was poised to pass the proposed amendment for the second time, the survivors will now be revictimized by having to wait an additional two years due to the incompetence of Secretary Boockvar.

“Senate Republican leaders were vilified and dragged through the mud for months when we were trying to create a real solution for victims that would withstand legal scrutiny instead of passing the measure as a bill. Now, as we see Secretary Boockvar fail to do even the simplest and most basic task to help Pennsylvanians who have been victimized, we see exactly how little this administration actually cared. It was never about people; it was always just about politics.”

Contact – Jenn Kocher – jkocher@pasen.gov