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Tom Corbett For President?

By Brittany Hundzynski, Contributing Writer

We can’t believe we missed this one – h/t to PhillyNow.

Grover Norquist, Washington’s celebrity no-tax advocate, recently plugged our Governor as a possible VP contender next year or presidential candidate down the road.

“PA gov Tom Corbett. Pledge take an keeper. Possible VP now or prez in 2016, 2020,” Norquist tweeted right after the Governor unveiled his Marcellus shale proposal, which included a local impact fee.

Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan’s request. ATR is a coalition of taxpayer groups, individuals and businesses opposed to high taxes at the federal, state and local levels.

ATR organized the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which asks all candidates for federal and state office to commit themselves in writing to oppose all tax increases.

Gov. Tom Corbett signed this “No Tax Pledge” during the 2010 election. It was the cause of much consternation for those who advocate a severance tax on natural gas.

Recently,  Corbett and legislative leaders have started to negotiate the details of his Marcellus shale impact fee proposal.  Corbett wants to administer a fee on a county-by-county basis. His is “clearly moving in the right direction,” according to Norquist, who said it keeps the pledge so long as counties, not the state, would decide whether or not to implement the levy.

4 Responses

  1. corbett is unable to even make an executive decision without hiding behind a hand-picked commission of his campaign donors-and we want him a “heartbeat away”???????

  2. Beyond Norquist and his narcissistic forays…Corbett would indeed be a sound VP candidate, but an even better U.S. Attorney General in the tradition of Mr. Thornburgh under Reagan.

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