By

Democrat gubernatorial candidate John Gregg feigned offense at comments made in Gov. Mitch Daniels’ new book Keeping the Republic. The governor criticized Lake County’s culture of public corruption and blamed that in part for The Region’s economic stagnation.  Gregg criticized Daniels for daring to criticize any part of the state while he is a sitting governor.


That all happened yesterday.


Today, the U.S. attorney’s office indicted Lake County Coroner Thomas Philpot on five counts of public corruption along with three Lake County police officers for selling confiscated property on the Internet.
Talk about your all-time backfires.
The charges against Philpot, from his previous term as Lake County clerk, include mail fraud, theft and misappropriation of funds. Authorities said the misappropriation of funds amounted to a little less than $25,000 from the county’s 4D child support program.
Officials said arrangements were being made for Philpot’s surrender to authorities.
Additionally, in a separate six-county indictment, three Lake County police officers were indicted. Sgt. Joseph Kumstar and Officers Ronald Slusser and Edward Kabella are alleged to have misused their positions at the Sheriff’s Department to obtain machine guns and laser sights, then sold them on the Internet for profit.
U.S. Attorney David Capp said all three officers have agreed to plead guilty to all counts and will be making statements in the coming days. — The Times

I think we can expect a brief hiatus from Democrats’ staunch defense of Lake County government for a few days.  At least until the plea agreements are worked out.—