HARRISBURG – Today, Republican Attorney General candidate John Rafferty announced that as attorney general he would implement an ethics code for employees based on United States Department of Justice guidelines.
Rafferty said the public’s confidence in the attorney general’s office and the courts has been shaken by corruption and in particular, an email scandal where prosecutors, agents and judges exchanged pornographic and inappropriate emails.
“There is no place in government, but especially in the attorney general’s office for that type of behavior, said Rafferty. “It won’t be tolerated when I am attorney general.”
Rafferty said that he would require that all attorney general employees follow an ethics policy based on United States Department of Justice guidelines for personal email use. The policy is spelled out in 5 CFR 2635.704.
In addition to using Department of Justice guidelines, Rafferty said he also would adopt guidelines from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Management Directive 205.34 that covers Information Technology and email use for state employees under the governor’s jurisdiction, specifically as it relates to inappropriate material being disseminated in any form.
Rafferty is a former Deputy Attorney General. He is a state senator from Montgomery County and the endorsed Republican for attorney general.
John has committed to set a clear course forward for how he will demand the next Attorney General, the Office of Attorney General and its employees represent the people of Pennsylvania in this important office.
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