Report: Cortes Forced Out as Secretary of State
According to newly released emails, former Secretary of State Pedro Cortes was forced out of his role, though the emails did not specify why he was forced out. Cortes abruptly resigned in early October.
“I have done a great deal of soul searching in the last 24 hours. I remain at a lost to understand why you would dispense with my services without sharing with me concerns you had about my professional performance or personal life. Wished I had that opportunity,” Cortes wrote in an email obtained by the Associated Press dated October 11th.
Cortes’ resignation was announced that same day. His sudden resignation raised many questions around the Capitol, drawing comparisons to other top level officials who were pushed out by Governor Wolf.
The Associated Press also obtained a letter from Wolf’s chief of staff Mike Brunelle stating that Cortes informed Brunelle on October 10th of his intention to resign and detailing Cortes’ steps for returning his state vehicle, retirement benefits, and other items.
The email and letter continue to raise questions about what happened in the lead up to Cortes’ resignation.