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HARRISBURG — Responding to reports of a state investigation into his conduct, Lt. Gov. Mike Stack on Wednesday apologized for things he said he and his wife Tonya have said “in anger and frustration” that may have insulted state police officers and state employees working at their official residence.
“I’m not a perfect human being,” Stack, 53, said in a news conference in his Capitol office. “Like a lot of other human beings I get busy, I get stressed and angry….I apologize for all those things I have ever said, and I will do better.”
In response to questions from reporters, the Northeast Philadelphia Democrat would not describe any of the things he or his wife said that prompted the investigation, but added that he would not describe them as “abusive.”
“Everyone who knows me knows that I will occasionally have a ‘Stack Moment,'” he said. He described long days with the state police detail. “There are times they see the best of Mike Stack and times they see the worst of Mike Stack.”
He also apologized for his wife. “What I love most about my wife is I never guess what she’s thinking, because she’ll tell me,” Stack said. “She is a human being and also gets stressed and may have times in the cycle of a 24-hour day when she’s not her best person. And I know she’s sorry.”
Stack spoke after reports emerged that he and his wife, Tonya, are subjects of an inquiry by Pennsylvania Inspector General Bruce Beemer, whose agency investigates waste and fraud in government offices. Sources say Gov. Wolf was the driving force behind the probe, which is looking into complaints that the couple was abusive to state employees at their official residence and their state police protective detail.
Asked about the reports that Wolf was behind the probe, Stack said: “I sort of don’t want to even analyze that.” He also said he did not know if the probe was delving into other areas.
“I don’t have any information other than it’s about the way that Mrs. Stack and I interact” with state police and employees, he said.
At two public appearances earlier Wednesday, one at a York County state park and the other at the official governor’s residence in Harrisburg, Wolf declined to comment when reporters asked about the situation. He would not say whether the results of the inspector general’s investigation should be made public when it is over.
“We’ll let the lieutenant governor make his comments, and I think that will speak for itself,” Wolf said after a morning event at Gifford Pinchot State Park.
State Republican chairman Val DiGiorgio blasted Stack for upbraiding state workers and apparently directing his security detail to violate state police policy by using lights and sirens for mere traffic jams.
“These actions are highly unbecoming of a lieutenant governor,” DiGiorgio said in a statement. “Sadly, arrogance and corruption among Democrat public officials, especially those from Philadelphia, is becoming more and more common these days.”
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