Since George Allen’s political career went up in flames, campaigns have had to deal with the all present camera chronicling their every move and looking for any slip-up.
Naturally, such a situation often causes friction between campaign staffers and the opposition tracker. This was the case today when Governor Corbett’s special assistant Dennis Roddy confronted a staffer from FreshStartPA.
Roddy asked the man filming who he was and who he worked for. The tracker identified himself as part of Campaign for a Fresh Start, which Roddy (correctly) asserted was associated with Wolf’s campaign.
After a tense few moments when the two men got into each other’s personal space, Roddy walked over to a fellow Corbett staffer who told him that he was the man who had been tracking the Governor.
“The problem is, we never know when they’re gonna try to provoke something or if they’re gonna hurt the Governor,” Roddy told the member of Corbett’s staff.
Roddy eventually went back to the man who was filming and asked whether he was trying to intimidate people. He also seemed worried about the Governor’s safety and claimed the cameraman’s presence made them nervous.
All the while, the Governor was amicably chatting with three police officers so presumably he was safe.
After the episode ended, Fresh Start sent out the video as an example of the Governor’s staff trying to intimidate their employee. This, of course, is the goals of campaign trackers, to provoke a response.
“It is a sad day when Governor Tom Corbett stands by while his senior staff member bullies someone trying to do their job,” said Campaign for a Fresh Start spokesman Mike Mikus. “Does Tom Corbett pay Dennis Roddy a $108,812 a year to harass people? Does Tom Corbett think it is OK to use public employees to intimidate political opponents? Unless he holds Dennis Roddy accountable, the answer to these questions will be a resounding ‘yes.’”
Update: PoliticsPA asked the Corbett campaign for comment and Communications Director Chris Pack sent the following statement:
“Does millionaire Tom Wolf have the details on how much his income tax proposal will raise taxes on middle class families and businesses yet?”