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Gov. Corbett Comments on Unemployment Recall Campaign Controversy

Chris Bowman, Contributing Writer

“Pennsylvania is known for hard workers, but today they must search too hard for work,” Governor Corbett said in his inauguration address yesterday. Corbett spoke about the wounded economy and high unemployment, blaming PA’s over-involved government.

The comment recalled a campaign controversy that perhaps Corbett was trying to put to rest once and for all.

In July of 2010, Corbett  caught a great deal of heat when told Scott Detrow of Pennsylvania Public radio: “People don’t want to come back to work while they still have unemployment. They are literally telling them, ‘I’ll come back to work when unemployment runs out. That’s becoming a problem. The jobs are there, but if we keep extending unemployment, people are just going to sit there.”

Democrat Dan Onorato hammered Corbett comments in a vitriolic commercial shortly thereafter. Onorato also featured other videos and commercials relating to the issue during the campaign. PoliticsPA covered Corbett’s comment, and Onorato’s response, back in July.

It was the only significant time that Corbett had to go off message during the campaign.

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