FreshStartPA continues to up its game this week, and is apparently following Gov. Corbett on his campaign trail.
After releasing its first negative Corbett ad on its YouTube channel on Tuesday, the PAC sent out a press release with a link to the organization’s second video: a minute and a half clip showing press conference attendees heckling the governor yesterday in Lehigh Valley.
In the video, Gov. Corbett smiles as he calls on a male attendee for the final question of the conference. The man stands up and starts with “Gov. Corbett – We love our teachers.” Corbett responds “Absolutely,” and all heads turn as a woman to the left states loudly, “Clearly you don’t.”
The man goes on to say that Lehigh Valley residents don’t want Corbett “messing with their retirement pensions.” Loud applause covers the tail end of the man’s comments, making it difficult to discern if he even asked a question at all.
As Corbett attempts to explain that his pension reform would apply only to new teachers, not those already working, another female voice, possibly belonging to the same woman, yells “You love Marcellus Shale more,” and the male who originally accused Corbett of attacking teachers responds “What makes you think we don’t love our new upcoming teachers?”
After a few seconds of the attendee and Corbett attempting to shout over each other, Corbett quickly ends the conference.
In the press release accompanying the video, FreshStartPA spokesman Mike Mikus focused on Corbett’s inability to respond to the man’s comments. “Tom Corbett cannot defend his billion dollar cuts to education or his failure to enact a reasonable severance tax that will help fund our schools,” he said. “… he can’t even answer the tough questions asked by Pennsylvanians.”
Regardless of the feelings of the conference attendees in the video, it’s clear that FreshStartPA intends to increase its media presence in the upcoming weeks, and will certainly be releasing more videos on its YouTube page, and press releases to direct attention to them.
This type of tactic, where opponents follow a candidate around looking for any mistake gained widespread popularity in 2006 after Virginia Senator George Allen’s career was ended by some racially insensitive comments aimed at a video chronicler.
The recently formed PAC, however, still has a long way to go, as the organization’s YouTube page currently has only four subscribers.
Update: “As the media knows all too well, Secretary Tom Wolf continues to dodge answering any questions that are asked of him,” stated Corbett-Cawley Communications Director Chris Pack. “We hope that Secretary Tom Wolf studies False Start PA’s video that shows a textbook manner in which to respond to a question – by simply answering it.”