Wolf revokes state police protection for Stack

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HARRISBURG — Saying he took “no delight” in the decision, Gov. Wolf on Friday abruptly yanked the state police detail assigned to Lt. Gov. Mike Stack and scaled back staffing at his taxpayer-funded residence.


In a short statement, Wolf’s spokesman J.J. Abbott said Wolf met personally with Stack to hand-deliver a letter informing him of the move. The eight-line letter did not explain why he deemed it necessary to take the step except that he he believed “it is a necessary step to protect Commonwealth employees.”

A spokesman for Stack could not be immediately reached for comment Friday afternoon. 


Wolf’s move opened a new and dramatic front in what has been a simmering – if not publicly-known – rift between the state’s two top Democrats, men ostenibly expected to run as a team next year. Though they ran as a ticket in November 2014, Wolf did not choose Stack as his running mate, and their relationship since has been distant. 





But the move follows a state Inspector General’s office investigation, requested by Wolf, into complaints that Stack and his wife, Tonya, had repeatedly verbally abused members of the State Police detail that protect them, as well as staffers who help maintain their official residence. The couple have lived at the Fort Indiantown Gap residence since 2015, after selling their Northeast Philadelphia home. 

It is not clear when the Inspector General’s report will be completed or whether it will be made public.

After news of the probe surfaced, Stack last week apologized and pledged both he and his wife would try harder. Later, sources confirmed that Wolf’s office had repeatedly warned the lieutenant governor and Wolf said he had personally delivered such a warning. 

Pennsylvania state government has had offered its highest level officials a police detail since the early 1940s. Like many states, it provides escorts and protection 24 hours a day, seven days a week.




The duties include transporting the governor and lieutenant governor, and surveying and securing places where they are scheduled to appear. They also provide security at the governor’s and lieutenant governor’s residences.

But for the lieutenant governor, that protection has been provided as a courtesy, according to Wolf’s office.


















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