PA-Gov Round-Up: The Finish Line
After months of campaigning, ads, press releases, debates, attacks, charges, appeals and fundraising we’re just a few hours away from Election Day.
The strange thing about campaigns, though, is as they near E-Day things seem to die down. On the surface at least.
Much like the eye of a hurricane, nothing seems to be happening but the final burst is just around the corner. As a result, it was a bit muted this week as both camps prepare for the final run.
When it came to FreshStartPA, the PAC started by Wolf’s allies after his split with the PA Democratic Party, they decided to return to one of their old hits. This one was particularly successful; the scandal involving Ron Tomalis.
In an attempt to dust off that old chestnut, Fresh Start called on Gov. Corbett to release all of Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq’s emails as per a Right-to-Know request filed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“Once again, Tom Corbett is trying to keep the public from learning the truth about his failed administration,” Fresh Start Spokesman Mike Mikus said. “Governor Corbett’s stalling tactics can only mean that he and his Department of Education have something to hide. It is time for Tom Corbett to stop playing games and wasting taxpayer resources and order his Department of Education to release these emails immediately.”
“The Corbett Administration has continually tried to keep the public from knowing what is happening within the Department of Education,” Mikus continued. “Why is Corbett going to such great lengths — and wasting taxpayer money — to block the release of information about his Department of Education? From the Ron Tomalis cover-up to the purging of emails, something stinks in Tom Corbett’s Department of Education.”
The group still had one more attack in them, though, when they jumped on a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report that a movie studio head who received a $2.5 million grant from the state was also a Corbett donor.
“Once again, Governor Tom Corbett has been caught red-handed using taxpayer dollars to reward campaign donors,” Mikus said. “It’s frankly absurd that Governor Corbett thought it was appropriate to award a known tax delinquent with a grant funded by Pennsylvania’s taxpayers. And it’s infuriating for hard-working Pennsylvanians who responsibly pay their taxes. The only reason that Tom Corbett would give $2.5 million of taxpayer money to someone with a long arrest record and hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes and debts is because his family is politically connected and has donated generously to his campaign and the Republican Party.”
Meanwhile, the Corbett-Cawley campaign turned to a seldom-used surrogate, PA First Lady Susan Corbett.
She spoke to a business roundtable about her concerns with Tom Wolf and his tax plans.
“If I called a contractor to remodel my bathroom and the contractor told me that he or she couldn’t tell me how much it would cost until after they were hired, do you think I would hire them,” asked First Lady Susan Corbett. “That is what Tom Wolf wants you to do – he wants you to elect him before he offers the details on just who will see a 188 percent income tax increase.”
Mrs. Corbett was joined by Schuylkill County Commissioner George Halcovage.
“Tom Wolf’s plan to triple the income tax is wrong for Pennsylvania families and wrong for Pennsylvania businesses,” Halcovage stated. “We have come too far over the past four years to go back to the days of higher taxes and higher spending. Tom Wolf’s plan to drastically raise the income tax on middle class families and businesses is wrong for Pennsylvania.”
With just hours left to Election Day, there is only one thing left to do, but it’s the most important: vote.