Pressure rises on acting State Police commissioner to step aside

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 20, 2015 1:13 PM

(Harrisburg) -- Governor Tom Wolf is supporting the man he picked to head the Pennsylvania State Police.


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But, Colonel Marcus Brown's Senate nomination may be in deep trouble after he removed signs placed near his children's bus stop that were critical of him.

A top aide says Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman called Wolf earlier today to ask him to withdraw Brown's nomination.

However, the Democratic governor says Brown is qualified and did the right thing by apologizing.

Police in Hampden Township, Cumberland County, are investigating Brown for misdemeanor theft. He says he acted as a parent to protect his children.

Brown says the person who posted the signs, a retired state trooper who spoke anonymously to WHTM-TV, had invaded his family's privacy by putting them by his children's bus stop and recording his actions on video.

But Corman's chief counsel David Thomas says it calls into question the acting commissioner's judgment. Brown is acting commissioner and needs confirmation from the Republican-controlled Senate to hold the title of commissioner.

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