Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – The recent news of felony criminal charges levied against accused child predator Brad Koplinski of the Dauphin County Democrats continues to the shake up the political world of south central Pennsylvania.
This week during an interview broadcast by The Cidré Room, Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse spoke out regarding Koplinsk’s association with Cole Goodman, George Scott, and the Dauphin County Democrat Committee.
Mayor Papenfuse condemned the local democrats, saying that “it speaks to a problem that we have, at least within the Dauphin County democrat party.”
Papenfuse mentioned Koplinski’s endorsements by the Dauphin County democrats, and went on to say, “we have to take collective responsibility for that, and I think it reflects poorly on George Scott, you know Koplinski was George Scott’s campaign manager..”
Watch the interview with Mayor Papenfuse here:
Awkwardly, Cole Goodman broke a smile as he described the overwhelming reaction on social media regarding Koplinski’s criminal charges. Goodman expressed excitement that the judge released the child predator on unsecured and refused to mention the judge by name. Papenfuse quickly corrected Goodman that is was Judge Hanif Johnson who did release Koplinski on no collateral.
September 18, 2020, Brad Koplinski was charged with 15 counts of child pornography after admitting to at least 36 instances, then released by Judge Hanif Johnson on $5,000 unsecured bail.
Goodman expressed remorse for the victims of Koplinski’s actions, calling it “heartbreaking,” and saying that the children “were preyed upon.”
In 2016 Koplinski was criminally charged with burglary and criminal trespass in Philadelphia, according to court documents.
Goodman gave insight into his personal involvement with Koplinski, admitting that they hit houses together throughout Dauphin County during his 2019 election campaign.
Goodman sought to exonerate himself of his association with Koplinski by specifically highlighting the fact that his name did not appear with Koplinski on yard signs.
In October 2019, Koplinski campaigned in Derry Township, knocking on doors with Cole Goodman, Tom Brier, and the Derry Township Democrat Committee.
Eugene Depasquale, Rogette Harris, Cole Goodman, and other popular Dauphin County Democrats campaigned with Koplinski despite the concerns expressed by citizens regarding his suspected criminal activity.
According to his campaign website, the following individuals and organizations have endorsed Koplinski’s former candidate George Scott:
Lt. Governor John Fetterman
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale
Rep. Patty Kim (103rd, PA House)
Pres. Wanda Williams (Harrisburg City Council)
Pres. Chris Dietz (Millersburg City Council)
Westburn Majors (Harrisburg City Councilor)
Shamaine Daniels (Harrisburg City Councilor)
Dave Madsen (Harrisburg City Councilor)
Ben Allatt (Harrisburg City Councilor)
Danielle Bowers (Harrisburg City Councilor)
Stephen Naylor (Fmr. Perry County Commissioner)
John Hanger (Fmr. Secretary of Planning and Policy of PDEP)
Dauphin County Democratic Party
Everytown for Gun Safety
National Democratic Redistricting Committee
Perry County Democratic Party
Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania PAC
Pennsylvania State Education Association
PA SEIU State Council
AFSCME Council 13
Moms Demand Action
Human Rights Campaign
Capital Region Stands Up
Homer Floyd (Civil Rights Leader)
Patty Smith (Candidate, 104th, PA House)
Brittney Rodas (Candidate, 105th, PA House)
Lindsay Drew (Candidate, 106th, PA House)
Ellis Roy (103rd DCDC District Chair)
Pam Zidik (104th DCDC District Chair)
Cheryl Klinginsmith (105th DCDC District Chair)
James Carter (106th DCDC District Chair)
Dr. Eric Ding