Pennsylvania politics sinks to a new low

3 Apr

Tarah-Toohill-sizedPennsylvania State Police have started an investigation into an attack video that goes after Republican state Representative Tarah Toohil.

That’s her on the right.

During her reelection campaign last year, she was very, very anti-marijuana.

Remember what we’ve said about people to take the strongest positions on things.

Soon after she won reelection a video surfaced showing images of Toohill seated on a couch near what appears to be marijuana and a bong.

The photos in the video were taken before she got into politics in 2010.

They also supposedly showed Toohil nearly locking lips with a woman seated next to her.

The text in the video read: “Does PA Republican State Representative Tarah Toohil believe in traditional Republican values? Pennsylvania Republicans deserve Representatives who share their values!!!”

Toohil later fessed up she was one of the young women in “some” of those photos.

She says: she’s changed in the decade since they had been taken.

We say: hasn’t almost everyone taken a toke once or twice in their wild youth?

A later statement by the anonymous poster claimed that the video was not meant as a personal attack on Toohil, but to call attention to what they said was a hypocritical opposition to “decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana, and the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes.”

It goes on: “These photos depict a public official who promotes policies not informed BY her life experience, but in spite of it. There are millions of young Tarah Toohils out there right now in America, who like to party and experiment with drugs, just as she did. They’re smart, promising kids with bright futures who may one day become attorneys and State Representatives, just as she did. But unlike Tarah Toohil, some of them will suffer legal consequences for their youthful indiscretions.”

Dirty politics, of which there is too much these days.

Here’s where it steps way over the line.

Toohil-video-sizedToohil was later targeted by another YouTube video that tries to pressure her to reverse her stand on marijuana, or face the release of more damaging personal information.

The voice-over said the “legions” were disappointed by Toohil’s response to the surfacing of photos showing her with what appeared to be marijuana. The video demanded she support decriminalizing the drug — or else.

“Everyone has secrets. Please do not give us a reason to expose yours.”

These videos are raising questions about in Pennsylvania politics, and now the Pennsylvania State Police are looking into them.

We’re no lawyer but these threats have to be illegal.

And how about this – police have begun their investigation into who is responsible by interviewing state legislators.

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