PA-Gov Round-Up: Slowly but Surely the General Election Begins

PA-Governor-Mansion2It was a relatively quiet week in the Governor’s race yet the initial parameters of the general election seemed to emerge.

For the Governor that means tearing off the veneer that a boatload of effective TV ads have given the Democratic front-runner. While for Wolf it means portraying himself as the popular non-politician against an incumbent Governor.

Corbett

The Governor started his week with a stop in Bradford along with State Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint). During the trip, Gov. Corbett sought to defend his record and emphasize his recent campaign slogan of “Less taxes. More jobs.”

“So the fiscal year I took office … we were missing close to $1 billion in federal funds,” Corbett explained. “I made a promise we were not going to raise taxes, and we did not raise taxes; what we did was we tightened down and everybody else tightened down.”

He also took the opportunity to both defend his policies on natural gas drilling and hit his opponent for being disingenuous.

“If you’ve been watching TV ads (for Wolf) they would imply that gas corporations don’t pay (taxes) but folks, they do,” the Governor said. “The corporate income tax has a three-pronged formula [that taxes sales and assets]”

Therefore, Gov. Corbett asserted the natural gas companies and their related industries usually pay $2 billion in taxes each year.

In addition, the Corbett-Cawley campaign sent out a link to a National Journal article titled “How Much Did You Pay for That Primary Win?”

The piece argues that while self-funding may initially help a candidate, that momentum seldom lasts. Wolf was cited as a big 2014 self-funder because of his $10 million contribution to his campaign. He was even given the supposed honor of being the figure whose photograph accompanied the article.

In their press release, the Governor’s campaign also brought up comments Wolf gave to the Patriot-News in 2008 to make the case that he is a hypocrite on the issue of self-funding.

“I could self-finance, but if a candidate has to do that he shouldn’t be a candidate,” Wolf said of a potential 2010 run for Governor.

Wolf

Meanwhile, former Department of Revenue Secretary and Democratic nominee Tom Wolf took a victory lap while the party launched their first real attack of the general election.

To start the week, the Wolf campaign blasted out an email to supporters trumpeting their primary victory.

“Because of thousands of supporters like you, Tom Wolf won the primary with 57.9% of the vote (that’s 487,749 total votes) and all 67 counties,” the email stated in a colorful and photo-filled infographic.

It goes on to note that Wolf also received 88.1% of votes in York County, 60.6% in Allegheny and 48.1% of Philly voters.

“But if we want this family [the Wolf family] to fight for all Pennsylvania families and change Harrisburg,” it concluded. “Then we’ve got to keep working together to drive this campaign to victory on November 4.”

Meanwhile, it fell to the Pennsylvania Democratic Party to take shots at the incumbent. They attacked Corbett for accepting expensive gifts and quote a Patriot-News story that stated a Corbett spokesman “contends that [there] are times certain ‘gifts’ produce results for the entire state.”

To poke fun at the Governor’s expense, the email urges readers to share a photo of a gift on Facebook labeled “To Governor Tom Corbett, From Corporate Special Interests”.

Politicos, expect the temperature of this race to rise exponentially over the summer.

May 30th, 2014 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Governor, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “PA-Gov Round-Up: Slowly but Surely the General Election Begins”

  1. M. R. Birkos says:

    I do not speak for Mr. Wolf, but I would imagine that he changed his mind about self-financing since 2010 after watching Tom Corbett wreak havoc over the last 4 years.

    Standard & Poor says PA has recovered 78% of jobs lost since 2008, while the remainder of the nation has recovered 95%. This explains why PA has dropped from 7th to 46th in job creation since 2011. Those 150,000 private sector jobs – to which Mr. Corbett boldly lays claim – would have been here anyway. But the buck stops squarely with Mr. Corbett on the 42,000 state jobs lost during his tenure.

    State budget records show Governor Rendell’s 2010 budget ended with a billion dollar surplus – not the $4.2 billion deficit claimed by Mr. Corbett.

    Speaking of budgets, Standard & Poor also states that the Corbett 2014 budget is full of accounting tricks and illusions, which explains why PA is anywhere from 0.5 to 1.5 billion dollars short in revenue collection this fiscal year; news about as welcome as a canker sore on Prom Night for the Mr. Corbett’s re-election campaign.

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