Tom Corbett Has Another Memorable Visit to Philly

This city may not be his stronghold of support.

Gov. Corbett visited Philly Monday afternoon, and it went about like you’d expect:

City Paper reports:

Gov. Tom Corbett can’t visit Philadelphia, his state’s largest city, without facing mass protest. Recent appearances here have been clouded in secrecy, subject to last-minute change—and infrequent.

This evening, hundreds of students, teachers and parents gathered in front of the Comcast Center to protest Corbett’s deep cuts to public education funding as the governor (reportedly) held a fundraiser with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie inside. Demonstrators blocked the street chanting “what do we want? Fair funding!” and “arrest Gov. Corbett!.” Police arrested a handful of activists committing civil disobedience without incident.

Activists initially believed that Corbett and Christie would appear at the Union League, the city’s traditional venue for high-end Republican fundraisers. But the Republican Governors Association, which also organized a Christie-Corbett fundraiser in Pittsburgh on Friday, refused to make the location of his Philadelphia fundraiser public.

Will Bunch:

NBC 10’s Lu Ann Cahn reports she was told by a Union League employee that “they were notified last week the fundraiser was supposed to be here and then they got a call sometime today saying, ‘No, this was a decoy location’ and…we learned from the Corbett campaign it was all very secretive until about a half hour ago that the event has been in fact moved to the Comcast Center.”

To amplify my earlier point, this is not normal political behavior, and I say this with more than 30 years (sigh) of experience with political campaigns. Presidents, ward leaders, whatever — I’ve seen security to keep people out of fundraisers (which is totally within their rights) but this thing with the “decoy” is a new one. How can you expect to be re-elected when you’re afraid to tell your own constituents where you are?

Reports say six protesters were arrested.

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  • GT

    Not afraid, just smart. Why would he want to make regional news by dealing with 100 protesters rather than fundraising with the movers and shakers of Philly? Also, a decoy is a smart move, the people that truly needed to know where linked in on this information, the people trying to make a spectacle were left out.

    • I_Love_Delco

      I don’t know, maybe because he’s the governor of the whole state, which included Philadelphia, and not just the “movers and shakers?”

      • Guest

        yea right, show me a politician who actually represents everyone in the entire city, state, federal government. At best, you’re getting 50% of the people, but usually its around 30-40%. That’s going to be the case regardless of who wins the next election. Would you rather him have a closed door meeting with City Council as did Tom Wolf?

      • Dan

        So elect Wolf, who is only going to represent Philly? At least Corbett goes everywhere, it’s not his fault these people have no manners and only care about themselves. The $1 billion in education were stimulus funds, he didn’t cut anything. Corbett is doing a great job.

  • Mark Schmidt

    Corbett is a republican – a liar, a coward, funded by huge corporations against working people and a man with no ethic whatsoever. We need to get as many republicans out of office in our once great state as we possibly can.

  • Tom Corbett needs his ass kick

    Why so many Pro-Corbett comments coming from “guests” and empty profiles? Hmm.. maybe a few Corbett staff workers jumping in to give their 2 cents?

  • Dan

    Why would anyone vote Wolf? Do people have such a short memory of how bad Rendell lied and ran this state into the ground? Corbett is doing a fine job and I will be voting for him again. Funny the Philadelphia liberals wouldn’t want a good Governor, they want to see their city and the rest of this state go the way of Detroit and California.

    Corbett 2014!

  • Dan

    I wonder how much OFA and Tom Wolf paid the protestors.