Gov. Tom Corbett says he had no knowledge of the “racy” emails being sent around by staffers in his office when he was attorney general, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
The paper reported earlier this week that the attorney general’s office had paid out a $15,000 discrimination settlement to a female agent because of the emails. Several news organizations are trying to obtain the documents under state right-to-know laws, but so far have been denied by a judge.
Corbett was emphatic that he had no idea the emails existed.
“If somebody would have told me when I was attorney general that they were sending inappropriate emails, if I would’ve seen it, it would’ve stopped it like that,” Corbett said.
He also denied that there was a “glass ceiling” holding back women under his leadership. Eight of his 26 cabinet members are women, and he appointed the state’s first female chief of staff, Leslie Gromis Baker.
“They’re the best qualified,” Corbett said of the women in his employ. “That’s what I’m looking for.”