The wife of Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack demanded on Thursday that her husband not be charged with a racism charge after video footage surfaced of him berating members of their household staff.
“I am deeply saddened that video clips taken by family members have been made public. The actions that were captured do not reflect how I or any member of my family interact with our colleagues in the Pennsylvania Administration or the people of Pennsylvania,” Bonnie McCutcheon, Stack’s wife, said in a statement. “I can say that my husband’s behaviour has been a distraction that is a detriment to our country and our Commonwealth. The decision to seek no criminal charges is not because I have been intimidated or cowed, but because I have taken the side of compromise in order to avoid further negative publicity. I am speaking out publicly because I do not want my family’s image, but also the image of Pennsylvania’s government, to be falsely tarnished.”
Stack, a Democrat, can be seen in the footage sputtering obscenities and using racial slurs at his family members, who he says are not doing their jobs.
“Who’s going to fire me? I said I’m not doing anything. Why don’t you f—ing get the f— out of my house!” Stack yells, according to video uploaded by an unidentified person to Twitter on Tuesday. Stack then grabs an elderly woman and pushes her onto a couch. “I’m not going to leave until I see some f—ing respect,” he says. “This lady has been disrespecting us. You don’t f—ing stay in my house!”
However, the state attorney general, Josh Shapiro, who is prosecuting the case, said he did not believe there would be any criminal charges. He also defended Stack against what he said were accusations that his behavior “went beyond profanity.”
“It goes beyond when somebody says, ‘Hey, how you doing?’ to, ‘Hey, I hate you. Get the f— out of my house.’ It goes beyond just that. It goes into a full-on rage that is disturbing and alarming. This is a disorder,” Shapiro said at a press conference on Thursday, according to The Times.
“If I make a mistake, or anybody else makes a mistake, it’s normal that we’re going to take a second look at it. I can tell you after getting thousands of hours of tape, I believe that what is out there is not in dispute.”