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Gov. Corbett officially running for re-election
By Greg Janetka
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania: With historically low statewide approval ratings, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett (R) kicked off his re-election campaign yesterday at the Sen. John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. Running on the slogan of "Promises Kept," Corbett acknowledged the obstacles that he faces, but focused on what he considers his administration's successes, including balancing budgets and creating jobs without raising taxes.
In April of this year The New York Times rated Corbett as the 5th most vulnerable governor in 2014 based on approval ratings. Since then his approval woes have continued, with a poll from Franklin and Marshall College last week showing only 20 percent of voters think Corbett deserves a second term.
The eight Democrats who have already declared their intention to try to unseat the incumbent have been waiting for Corbett's announcement and some were quick to jump at it.
- Allyson Schwartz - U.S. House Rep. in the 13th District: “Gov. Corbett knows Allyson Schwartz presents the strongest challenge to his re-election, which is why he is already resorting to false, misleading attacks against her. He doesn’t have a record of success to run on, so he has already turned to a negative campaign.”
- John Hanger - Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary: "The Corbett spin machine will be full on, churning out his message. But voters won't hear the truth about the issues they care about most - the economy and jobs and education."
- Tom Wolf - York Businessman: "Under Governor Corbett, Pennsylvania has sunk to 43rd in job growth while forcing our schools to lay off teachers and cut valuable programs and despite his best efforts to spin his record it is clear we need a new start for Pennsylvania."
- Kate McGinty - Former Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary: "Tom Corbett has been a disaster for Pennsylvania. His policies have hurt millions of hard-working Pennsylvania families. Under Tom Corbett, Pennsylvania lags 46th in job growth. Our economy is stagnant. Our cities are decaying. Our children have been hurt by $1 billion in education cuts...It's time for him to go."
Also running for the Democratic nomination are:
- Max Myers - Cumberland County minister
- Jo Ellen Litz - Lebanon County Commissioner
- Ed Pawlowski - Mayor of Allentown, Pennsylvania
- Rob McCord - Pennsylvania State Treasurer
Corbett may also face a primary battle. Former disc jockey and self-dubbed "constitutional populist" Tom Lineaweaver is working to build up support for a run, but said he will not announce his decision until January.
The filing deadline for Democrats and Republicans is March 11, 2014. Third parties and Independent candidates have until August 1, 2014.
- CBS Local, "Gov. Corbett Begins Tough Road of Re-Election Campaign," November 6, 2013
- Philly.com, "Corbett kicks off re-election campaign," November 7, 2013
- The New York Times, "Which Governors Are Most Vulnerable in 2014?," April 8, 2013
- CBS Local, "Corbett Will Seek A Second Term, Despite Terrible Approval Rating," November 6, 2013
- Penn Live, "Democrats assail Corbett as he steps into the 2014 campaign ring," November 6, 2013
- News Observer, "Reaction to Pa. Gov. Corbett's re-election kickoff," November 6, 2013
- Trib Live, "'Constitutional populist' may try to grab GOP nomination for governor," November 7, 2013
- Politics1, " Pennsylvania," accessed November 7, 2013