Category Archives: Hall Of Shame

So Long Mary Beth

Heh. Looks like Mary Beth Buchanan lost her primary bid in Pennsylvania’s 4th Congressional District. It was a 67 to 33 percent blow-out in favor of her opponent, Keith Rothfus. I don’t know anything about Rothfus, but Buchanan is a reprehensible human being:

Buchanan promoted her eight years as Western Pennsylvania’s top federal prosecutor even though opponents ridiculed her for a failed corruption case against former Allegheny County Coroner Dr. Cyril H. Wecht and her conviction of famed marijuana advocate Tommy Chong for selling bongs online.

She’s also done a lot of other useless crap, like the first obscenity prosecutions in 20 years and railroading Dr. Barnard Rottschaefer for supposedly prescribing too much Oxycontin. She’s a winner of Radley Balko’s Worst Prosecutor of the Year award.

I’d like to think this is the last we’ll hear of her, but I suspect she’ll be around to haunt us for a while. At best, she’ll switch sides and end up running the white collar defense department for some big New York or D.C. lawfirm, where “white collar defense” is defined as “dealing the client to the federal prosecutor faster than anyone else.”

More likely, she’ll hang around the fringes of the Republican party until someone gives her a job again, perhaps Drug Czar for the next Republican president. And I wouldn’t be too surprised if we start seeing a lot of her on Court TV and Fox News.