Gov. Rendell nominates attorney to PA Turnpike Commission

| 3/24/2009

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell wasted no time in moving to replace a former turnpike commissioner embroiled in a corruption scandal.

Rendell nominated Michael Pratt, a partner in the Pepper Hamilton LLP law firm in Philadelphia, to the five-member commission on Monday, March 23, the same day he fired Commissioner Mitchell Rubin.

The governor removed Rubin following the conviction of former state Sen. Vincent Fumo on 137 counts of corruption and misuse of $3.5 million in state and charitable funds.

The jury in the Fumo case found that Rubin’s company, BNR Preferred Revenues, was paid $150,000 for a contract in 1999 in which no work was carried out.

Rubin has not been charged with any wrongdoing.

Rendell expressed confidence in Pratt for his expertise in litigation and contract negotiations.

Pratt’s nomination is subject to state Senate approval. He is a native of Grindstone, PA, and was chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2008.

– By David Tanner, staff writer