Today, I am calling upon Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf to resign as a result of his ultra vires and unconstitutional Order and the issuance of a waiver, in violation of equal protection of the law and self-dealing, to the Wolf Organization.
As our readers are aware, yesterday I detailed how Governor Wolf’s cabinet making business – The Wolf Organization – was deemed “life-sustaining,” while he initially precluded citizens of the Commonwealth from exercising their Article 1, Section 21 of the Pennsylvania Constitution and Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution right to purchase and sell firearms and ammunition. As explained in my article, although Governor Wolf later allowed gun dealers to very limitedly open up, the restrictions imposed on gun dealers are far more sweeping than any other “life-sustaining” business, including The Wolf Organization. This morning, The Philadelphia Inquirer ran an article, Businesses tied to Gov. Tom Wolf, top Pa. senator close after questions about how they qualified as ‘life-sustaining’ during coronavirus pandemic, without any attribution to me (even though it appears to have been mostly based off my article…but I digress), where it declares that on “Thursday, Wolf’s office said it had rescinded a waiver that had been issued to the governor’s former business, a kitchen and bath cabinet supply company in Central Pennsylvania, after Spotlight PA and PA Post inquired about how it qualified as life-sustaining.” While the article attempts to protect the Governor by referring to it as his “former business,” as I documented in my prior article, in citing to the 2015 article by the York Daily Record, “of course, [Governor Wolf] wouldn’t be a shareholder, because, as the article also reviews, his ‘blind trust’ is the shareholder, where ‘Bill Zimmerman, a cousin and former business partner,  make[s] certain investment decisions, primarily related to the Wolf Organization’.” So the question becomes, why is The Philadelphia Inquirer protecting the Governor?
Regardless, as the article notes, “[t]here are few safeguards in place to ensure the waiver process has been fair and equitable” and although the Wolf Administration states that it is considering releasing the information relative to who has been granted waivers, such is contingent on “convinc[ing Governor Wolf] that that’s in the best interest of making sure that we’re doing the right thing.” As of right now, “[t]he administration has declined to release the exact criteria and process for approvals and denials, and it has also declined to release a list of businesses that were allowed to reopen and those that were not.” Funny how the Wolf Administration wants to protect itself from disclosing self-dealing and political favors…
As we detailed in our Emergency Application to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to exercise its King’s Bench Jurisdiction, Governor Wolf’s Order is ultra vires (meaning beyond his power) and unconstitutional, as, among other thing, the list of life sustaining businesses is vague and arbitrary and capricious. Moreover, and directly on point to the waiver issued to the Wolf Organization, there is no criteria set forth for the issuance/denial of a waiver and therefore the entire process permits unequal application of the law, in direct violation of the inviolate right (see, Art. 1, Sec. 25) contained in Article 1, Section 20 of the Pennsylvania Constitution that:
Neither the Commonwealth nor any political subdivision thereof shall deny to any person the enjoyment of any civil right, nor discriminate against any person in the exercise of any civil right.
Article VI, Section 3 of the Pennsylvania Constitution provides the oath taken by Governor Wolf to assume office. It declares
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support, obey and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this Commonwealth and that I will discharge the duties of my office with fidelity.
The ultra vires and unconstitutional acts committed by the Governor, in addition to the self-dealing and unequal application of the law related to the Wolf Organization (and possibly many more organizations), requires that Governor Wolf immediately resign from Office.
In the absence of Governor Wolf resigning, Article VI, Section 6 of the Pennsylvania Constitution provides
The Governor and all other civil officers shall be liable to impeachment for any misbehavior in office, but judgment in such cases shall not extend further than to removal from office and disqualification to hold any office of trust or profit under this Commonwealth. The person accused, whether convicted or acquitted, shall nevertheless be liable to indictment, trial, judgment and punishment according to law.
Therefore, I am calling upon the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, pursuant to Article VI, Section 4, to implement an impeachment proceeding.
It is time that our elected officials be held responsible for their transgressions and removed from office. They are not Kings. Please consider contacting your representatives – https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator – and requesting that they move forward with an impeachment proceeding if Governor Wolf refuses to resign.
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