Still no verification of the accuracy of Rhonda Goodrich’s claims (as discussed here yesterday) regarding Lt. Gov. Knoll attending the funeral of a a Marine and behaving inappropriately, but Gov. Rendell is issuing an apology:
Written apologies will be sent to a fallen Marine’s relatives angered by Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll’s uninvited appearance at the soldier’s funeral and her criticism of the war in Iraq, Gov. Ed Rendell said Sunday.
Rendell said he will send a personal letter to the family of the late Marine Staff Sgt. Joseph Goodrich, of Westwood, and will ask Knoll to do the same. Goodrich, 32, a police officer and infantry unit leader, died July 10 in a mortar attack in Hit, Iraq.
Rendell said he hadn’t spoken with Knoll about the incident, but was disturbed by the family’s charge that she made a political statement against the war.
“It’s not the business of state government to support the war, but our state supports the men and women who are fighting this war,” Rendell said during an appearance in Mt. Washington.
If this was just a political attack, it appears to have worked, although Rendell’s apology would seem to invalidate that theory:
Knoll’s actions and words offended Goodrich’s family and friends, along with others.
“I’ll never vote for her,” said Lynn Profeta, of Collier, who took her two sons to watch the military and police tribute paid to Goodrich outside St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Carnegie. “That family is grieving.”
Rendell said he thinks Knoll, 74, of McKees Rocks, meant no harm by attending the memorial service last Tuesday. He believes Knoll gave her business card to a family member so that Goodrich’s family would have a contact within state government if they later needed help securing benefits.
“She goes to so many funerals because she cares so deeply,” Rendell said. “I don’t go to funerals unless I’m invited. I go to wakes because they’re public.”
Goodrich’s sister-in-law, Rhonda Goodrich, of Indiana County, said Knoll sat next to Goodrich’s aunt, Linda Kubiak of Bethel Park, in the church and gave her a business card, explaining that she “attends 90 percent of these ‘functions’ across the state.”
Rhonda Goodrich said Knoll also told Kubiak “that the (state) government was against the war.”
I will try to remember on stay on top of this and report developments as they happen. I want more confirmation than just the word of Rhonda Goodrich.