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.