There’s been another shakeup in Governor Tom Corbett’s administration.
Communications Director Kevin Harley is leaving his post, Corbett announced in a Monday press release.
Harley will take a position with Quantum Communications, a Republican PR firm in Harrisburg led by well-known consultant Charlie Gerow.
“Kevin has been one of my closest and trusted advisors for many years,” Corbett said. “I value his counsel and friendship. I look forward to continuing to work with him in a new role.”
Harley was one of the Governor’s longest-serving top aides. He was Press Secretary for Corbett’s Attorney General bid, the Attorney General’s office under Corbett, his gubernatorial campaign, and for Corbett’s transition and administration as governor.
The announcement comes near the end of a tough summer for Corbett, including the failure to achieve major budget priorities and poor poll numbers ahead of next year’s gubernatorial election.
Republicans have long grumbled about Corbett’s seeming inability to communicate effectively with the public, resulting in consistently poor poll numbers. Though more of the GOP political class blamed Corbett for the shortcoming than Harley, many had expected a shakeup as election season approaches.
To address this problem, Leslie Gromis-Baker, a well-respected GOP operative, joined the administration in July.
The release said Corbett would name Harley’s replacement soon.