Monday, May 17, 2010

Governor -- Pennsylvania -- Republican Primary

Pennsylvania's Attorney General Tom Corbett remains the front-runner in tomorrow's Republican primary for governor.

Corbett has been attorney general since 2005. Also, he was appointed to that office on an interim basis in 1995, after Attorney General Ernie Preate pleaded guilty to mail fraud. Corbett filled out the remainder of that term, until 1997. Aside from that, he has worked in private practice, and as a federal prosecutor.

His primary opponent is state Representative Sam Rohrer, who has represented a district near Philadelphia since 1993.

I have received robo-calls from Rohrer's campaign over the last couple of days, that emphasize that he is the "conservative" Republican candidate. Corbett apparently accepts that notion, and embraces the moderate label, because he reprints this endorsement from The Philadelphia Inquirer, a newspaper with a left-wing editorial page, on his campaign website.

Pennsylvania has a history of electing moderate Republicans. Rick Santorum, who represented the state in the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2007, is the most obvious exception.

Here is a report from The Morning Call, an Allentown newspaper, on polls showing Corbett well ahead of Rohrer.

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