PA-Gov: The Great War of Cabinets


Former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf cemented his frontrunner status when the Governor Corbett campaign team sent a fundraising email attacking the cabinet czar.

The email reads:

You may have seen furniture-magnate Tom Wolf on the airwaves, claiming Governor Corbett hasn’t imposed enough taxes on Marcellus Shale developers.

Ever wonder how he’d feel if the tables were turned and as Governor Corbett joked this week, we enacted a “special excise tax on cabinet makers”?

Of course the governor finished by saying, “no one business should have a special tax,” but you get the idea.

Will you contribute $5 or $10 right now to help Governor Corbett stand up against misleading and false attacks from our liberal opponents?

The Wolf campaign fought back with their own email, including the original Corbett email:

Governor Corbett thinks he speaks for business — he doesn’t. Tom Wolf built a business into the largest distributor of kitchen cabinets in the country. He pays his workers a living wage, gives them great benefits, and even shares 20 to 30 percent of the profits with employees.

Pennsylvania is the only state in the entire country that does not charge an extraction tax.

Even states like Texas, Alaska, and Oklahoma charge an extraction tax to fund key priorities like education and infrastructure.

But instead of being honest with Pennsylvania voters, Governor Corbett seems more interested in launching false, negative attacks against Tom, his business, and this campaign.

They also included a fundraising pitch.

Until recently, the Corbett campaign had almost exclusively engaged with early frontrunner Rep. Allyson Schwartz. This cabinet battle could be a sign that Team Corbett expects to face Wolf in the general election, and if cabinets are going to be the focal point of the campaign, it could be a long 8 months.

Before that, Wolf and Schwartz will fight for the Democratic nomination against former Auditor General Jack Wagner, State Treasurer Rob McCord and former DEP Secretary Katie McGinty.

7 Responses

  1. Thank you for the kind words, PAINDY1. Tom Corbett was a lobbyist from 1997 to 2001. Google it. Our PennDOT Secretary and our Turnpike CEO are highway industry lobbyists. Very efficient, highway lobbyists in the administration, is it not?

    FYI even Ed Rendell never taxed Marcellus Shale. It took the Republicans to target and tax A specific business.

  2. Tom Corbett broke his “no new taxes; no new fees” campaign promise he made to voters in the 2010 election when he targeted Marcellus Shale. Tom Corbett targeted first Marcellus Shale and then truckers. Tom Wolf is promising to do what Tom Corbett did, in fact, do. Who will vote for this November loser who broke his promise to those who voted for him in 2010? Why would the Republican primary voter do that?

  3. What Corbett doesn’t appreciate is the fact the natural gas is a resource which belongs to every citizen of this Commonwealth. Because we’re a Commonwealth we shouldn’t be allowing corporations to remove and profit from our assets without paying for them.

  4. Tom Corbett Team: What’s next? Are you going to attack the butchers, bakers and candlestick makers too? Let’s be honest: The only brief experience Tom Corbett has had with non-state supported Capitalism is when he briefly served as counsel for a Waste Management Company. Corbett’s primary opponent Bob Guzzardi has more experience in the tough everyday world of running a business. That is not to say that Acting Governor John Brabender and Corbett’s new political marriage partner, WORLD CLASS Jeff Romoff of UPMC cannot mint money for themselves. Mr. Barley: If you keep issuing statements, like your Friday attack of Mr. Wolf, Tom Corbett may well not prevail against his primary challenger.

  5. Corbett doesn’t want to face wolf in November he wouldn’t have a chance.thats why he continues to make everybody think Schwartz is the front runner i think in the end it will be Schwartz i think corbett will see to that.Schwartz is his only hope.

  6. I don’t think the issue is going to be cabinets.

    It’s going to be about Corbett trying to keep his poor record in the closet while Democrats blow the hinges off the door.

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