Governor Rick Perry has been one of Tom Corbett’s staunchest supporters throughout the campaign season. Yet after being indicted by a grand jury on two felony charges for abuse of power, Perry is facing a lot of criticism across the nation, and Gov. Corbett is seeking to further himself from the Texan.
Governor Corbett appeared publicly in Pittsburgh with Perry earlier this summer on the campaign trail. The two governors hosted an “Energy For Families” event that concentrated on the Commonwealth’s job creation due to the action of private sector natural gas companies.
Also releasing an official endorsement video, Governor Perry stated that he “is excited to stand with Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and support his re-election effort,” and that Governor Corbett “has created a Pennsylvania that is not only a leader among states, but also in the global economy.”
In the wake of Perry’s indictment, and facing several ethics scandals of his own, Governor Corbett has scrubbed his website of all mentions of the Texas Governor, according to Fresh Start, a PAC supporting challenger Tom Wolf.
“Tom Corbett is entangled in multiple ethical scandals after he put his former education secretary on payroll as a ghost employee, held campaign meetings in his government office with top campaign aides and state employees, and his acting education secretary admitted that Department of Education employees delete their emails each night,” stated Fresh Start campaign spokesman Mike Mikus. “On the heels of these scandals, one of Tom Corbett’s top allies, Texas Governor Rick Perry, has been indicted for abusing power. Immediately after Rick Perry’s indictment, Tom Corbett scrubbed his website, removing video of the two appearing together in May.”
Perry vetoed millions from a Rosemary Lehmberg’s public integrity unit as he deemed her unfit for public office after she was arrested, and plead guilty to, a drunk driving charge. He was officially indicted for “coercion of a public official,” as Perry would have not vetoed the money had Lehmberg resigned from her position.
The Corbett campaign declined to respond to Fresh Start’s allegations.