From the Archives: Brad Bumsted On Pennsylvania Politics
During the 2014 Harrisburg Book Festival, Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse interviewed award-winning Pennsylvania journalist Brad Bumsted about his 2013 book, KEYSTONE CORRUPTION.
Keystone Corruption: A Pennsylvania Insider's View of a State Gone Wrong traces the cyclical nature of misconduct in Pennsylvania government over the course of the last hundred years. Most of the book focuses on corruption since the 1970s, when the author had a front-row seat during the unprecedented scandals of 2007 through 2012.
Bumsted witnessed the prosecutions of current and former lawmakers for the theft of some $14 million in taxes. He provides an insightful analysis of the rise and fall of several of Pennsylvania's most colorful political characters, including Boies Penrose, Matt Quay, R. Budd Dwyer, John Perzel, William DeWeese, Al Benedict, Ernie Preate, Jeffrey Habay, Vincent Fumo, Mike Veon, Michael Manzo and state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin.
When it came to crimes from Bonusgate to Computergate and the Big caper, Bumsted tracked the case at every turn.