2012-06-28 / Local & State

Rendell Lauds Rep Of Charged Ex-lawmaker Stetler

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell says his one-time revenue secretary has a strong reputation despite allegations of campaign malfeasance in his taxpayer-funded office.

Rendell testified Monday as a character witness in the corruption trial of former state Rep. Steve Stetler. The York County Democrat is accused of illegally diverting taxpayerpaid employees to political tasks.

Rendell said he met Stetler in 1992 after being elected mayor of Philadelphia. He called Stetler's reputation “as good as anyone could ever hope to have.”

The 62-year-old Stetler has pleaded not guilty to charges of theft, conspiracy and conflict of interest.

Stetler was a legislator for 16 years and chaired the House Democratic Campaign Committee. He was Rendell's revenue secretary for 11 months and held the job at the time he was charged.

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