Greene Co Dems Target Corbett – Literally
The Greene County Democratic Committee showcased a flier this week with Governor Tom Corbett’s face inside a target.
It appeared at the party’s booth at the Greene County Fair in the southwestern corner of Pa.
“Think safety first,” says the flier, a parody of hunting safety materials. “Let’s make him one-term Tom,” it continues, with clipart of a turkey (an adult male turkey is called a ‘tom’).
The bottom center of the flier, where a ‘paid for by’ disclaimer typically would appear, has been cut off.
The Pa. Republican Party forwarded a photograph of the flier to reporters.
“We call on the Chairman of the Greene County Democratic Committee to apologize to Governor Corbett for condoning such disgusting imagery on their table,” said PAGOP Chairman Rob Gleason. “Reasonable people can disagree, but creating something like this is just unacceptable.”
PoliticsPA was unable to contact Greene County Dems chair Greg Leathers. The PAGOP also called on the Pa. Democratic party, state Sen. Tim Solobay (D-Greene) and state Rep. Pam Snyder (D-Greene) to denounce the flier.
Update: Marc Eisenstein, a spokesman for the Pa. Democratic Party, sharply criticized the flier.
“This is completely unacceptable and things like this have no place whatsoever in our political discourse,” he said. “Those responsible for this should be ashamed of themselves.”
Update 2: Solobay similarly criticized the flier, but suggested the committee was not responsible.
“No one from committee had anything to do with the childish prank of the target,” he wrote in an email to PoliticsPA. “None of us condone or would even entertain such a thing. From the looks of the picture and after conversing with the Chair it appears this photo and the mock up was taken sometime late Saturday after the booth was shut down (there was no other materials on the table and the chairs that had been in the booth all week were gone).”
“We believe this was someone other than committee or candidates or elected officials that took advantage of a situation. Again we don’t condone such activity and respect not only the office of governor but the Governor himself even though we may not agree with all his policies. He is still the Governor and didn’t deserve that type of treatment.”
Later in its press release, the PAGOP pivoted to criticism of President Obama and his policy toward coal. The mining industry is an economic mainstay in Greene County.
“Let’s not forget that it is President Obama and Democrats who have declared war on Greene County’s coal industry and heritage,” Gleason said.