Stick A Fork In Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, He’s Done


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A Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey released today shows that Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is doomed in his bid for re-election. Democrat Tom Wolf leads Corbett by an eye-popping 55-30 margin. The incumbent Governor is losing almost a quarter of Republican voters. In addition, Independents prefer Wolf over Corbett by a gaudy 43-point margin, 63-20 percent. Nothing turns voters away from Republican candidates faster than having to endure Republican governance for a few years. Voters have turned sour on Corbett, with just 27 percent approving of his job performance while more than twice as many (58 percent) disapprove.

In stark contrast to Corbett’s dismal numbers, Democrat Tom Wolf is quite popular, enjoying a 47 percent favorable to 20 percent unfavorable rating. Corbett’s numbers keep getting worse the longer he serves as the Keystone State’s Governor. In November 2013, he trailed Wolf 44-32. Since then the gap has more than doubled.

While Corbett has been happy to govern as a Tea Party-style state executive, he has not earned any good will from Pennsylvania voters who now soundly reject his extremism. Elected officials are ultimately held accountable to their constituents, and no amount of money funneling in from right wing interests can save Corbett now. Politically, he is destined for defeat in November as voters have grown weary of his policies as Pennsylvania’s Governor. While many Republican Governors face difficult bids for re-election in 2014, none are more imperiled than Tom Corbett.

The November election is still several months away, so in most cases it would be premature to write off a candidate this early. However, Tom Corbett has so thoroughly antagonized Pennsylvania voters that any chance for political rehabilitation seems virtually impossible at this point. His Democratic opponent, Tom Wolf, has run a flawless campaign up to this point. However, Corbett is such a poor Governor that even a much more amateur Democratic campaign would probably still beat him by double digits. Corbett’s re-election chances are close to zero. His track record as Pennsylvania’s Governor has sealed his electoral fate.  Voters will deliver the final blow in November, but you can stick a fork in him already, because he is as good as done.

18 Replies to “Stick A Fork In Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, He’s Done”

  1. I don’t know why we keep doing this; voting extremist Republicans to a major office (Santorum, Corbett) expecting them to live up to the hype of their campaigns. I understand how it happens in more local elections (true morons like Fitzpatrick in my district,) because you only have to fool a small amount of the population.

    But come on, Pennsylvania! We’re smarter than this!

  2. As a former Pennsylvanian I’m glad to hear the state has come to its senses and will be voting out this terrible governor.

  3. I want you come on, honey child, I beg you. .
    I want you come on, honey child you got it in you.
    Got to scrape that shit right off you shoes.
    (M. Jagger/K. Richards)

    Come on PENNSYLVANNIA you can do it!!!!!!!

  4. Hopefully we will eventually be reading another article along the same lines about North Carolina’s extremist governor, Pat McCrory. Unfortunately, we have to endure his fanaticism for another 2.5 years…

  5. Your Damn Right as a Prould Pennsylvanian resident and also a Prould American Citizen I will be glad when we vote his tea party ass out of office, I hope the begining of the end of the Tea party

  6. Corbett tacked far right to get what he thought was the support he needed. Alas, his boat is sinking. Further, his senior staff have not helped him, and many have been quite hostile to any criticism. ZWhatever little I did to further his exit–I write extensively about gas/oil fracking problems and am author of the book FRACKING PENNSYLVANIA–I am proud to be a part of the chorus calling for better governance and more respect for the people.

  7. the only thing anybody needed to know about tom Corbett was that as attorney general he selectively prosecuted democrats for corruption, promising that after they were prosecuted he’d go after republicans. when that time came, he ran for governor instead of finishing the job he’d promised.

    Pennsylvania really needs to clean house. veon and deweese needed to go, but so o most of the republican candidates starting with Corbett and Darryl Metcalfe.

  8. I am not surprised corbett is out in november, I expected it.what I want to know is why did the voters of Pennsylvania elect such an extremist governor?

    was it anger? if so, they deserve whatever happened. we all make bad decisions when emotions are involved.

    what about the state legislature? if they are mostly republican, they too must be voted out, or wolfe will accomplish nothing.

  9. There has been a long tradition in PA of changing parties every 8 years when electing governors. It was the Rethuglicans’ turn in 2010. Unfortuantely, they chose someone to run who was bought and paid for by the gas drillers (frackers). One-Term Tom owed his loyalty to the frackers not to the people of the Commonwealth.

    The next task after getting rid of One-Term Tom will be to regain control of the General Assembly before the next redistricting. The last two times, 2000 and 2010, we fell down on the job and let the Rethuglicans gerrymander the state. I am not confident the public will remember the lesson in six more years.

  10. Also don’t forget that as Attorney General, he stonewalled the investigation of Sandusky in order not to offend his PSU wealthy donors!

  11. I wish I could say the same for Gov. Snyder of Michigan. He is now doing all he can to make folks forget how he hurt seniors and education. He is less than 50% in the polls, but is now tossing bones to the voters to make them forget:
    1) Supported a new minimum wage law even though a petition drive was ready to file and their minimum wage raise would be more. (This is so folks will not be motivated to vote in 2014.)
    2) Just came out supporting LGBT workers rights along with the business community. (Like that is going to make folks forget the repub hate towards them.)

    Sad to say the Dem candidate, Mark Schauer, is lacking in money like Synder and the repubs have. Outside groups are running ads for him, but the polls say most voters don’t know him. He really needs our help.

  12. It is hard to get re-elected as Governor of PA when you brag to the press that “I was the person who got Joe Paterno fired!”. At this point, it has become clear that Paterno and Penn State were sacrificial lambs for “The Second Mile pedophilia scandal” and that Corbett protected both its powerful patrons and the State of PA. For those of you who are not aware, “The Second Mile” was an organization founded by Jerry Sandusky that the State of PA had outsourced at-risk youth services for all 67 counties.

    As Attorney General, Corbett placed only one detective (with a background in narcotics) on this investigation. He knew that this was a powder keg!

    If you think that the blow up over Penn State was bad, imagine if the investigative focus was on the ENTIRE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA’S AT RISK CHILD PROGRAMS BEING RUN BY AN ORGANIZATION FOUNDED BY AND FULL OF PEDOPHILES!

  13. Might possibly be the worst governor in the history of Pennsylvania. He tried as hard as he could to destroy the public school system in the state.

  14. Well the November elections aren’t looking to promising for the Democrats overall so maybe we can celebrate a little bit come November.

  15. You are totally missing the boat. Corbutt is not doomed because of his conservative politics, he is doomed because he is corrupt, and self serving, and because he completely alienated the Penn State University alumni base with his handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal.

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