Mr. Corbett, It’s Time to Clean House

Tom Corbett

It’s time for Gov. Corbett to clean house.

That’s an odd thing to say about an elected official who gives every sign of being a lame duck. But Corbett has got a few months and a little bit of power left, and he should use them to immediately rid state government of all his former subordinates who were trading pornographic images on their state computers while they were working for him in the attorney general’s office.

He should do this for a couple of reasons:

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Corbett to Kane: Give Me All The Pornographic Emails You Have


It’s rare that a state’s governor asks the attorney general for her stash of porn, but that’s the current situation in Pennsylvania.

After AG Kathleen Kane allowed press members to see portions of pornographic emails sent using state email addresses on Thursday, Gov. Tom Corbett sent a letter to Kane asking her to release the entire trough of pornographic emails to him. “The governor wants all the facts,” his spokesman told the Inquirer.

Multiple top state officials received pornographic videos on their state email accounts, which Kane discovered while investigating how the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse investigation was handled. Corbett did not receive any emails and was not aware of the practice.

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Those Racy Emails: What They’re Saying

Kathleen Kane. AP Photo | Bradley C. Bower

Kathleen Kane. AP Photo | Bradley C. Bower

Note: This post contains mildly detailed descriptions of the racy emails shared by state officials.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane took the lid off a burgeoning scandal Thursday, revealing the names of eight state officials who allegedly sent and/or received naughty emails on state government computers — and showing reporters some of the images those officials shared with each other.

The Inquirer gets down to business:

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Pa. Governor’s Race: Wolf Keeps Big Lead Over Corbett in Latest Poll

Tom Wolf, the Democratic candidate for governor, continues to hold a huge lead over Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in the latest Franklin & Marshall poll. Wolf leads Corbett 49 percent to 31 percent among Pennsylvania’s registered voters and has a larger lead (54-34 percent) among self-reported likely voters.

About 1 in 5 voters are undecided.

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Second Annual POPS Ball: “Pops of Gold”


The Second Annual POPS Ball took place Wednesday night at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. The black-tie gala started with an hour-long cocktail party, with passed hors d’oeuvres and souvenir photos being taken.

Governor Tom Corbett stopped by and greeted the guests. At 8 p.m. guests sat down for dinner in the Grand Ballroom where Frank Giordano, president of the Philly Pops, welcomed the guests before the Philly Pops took the stage. Maestro Michael Krajewski conducted a 45-minute Philly Pops concert that highlighted the season, with guest pianist/singer Tony DeSare performing a selection from his “The American Songbook Then and Now,” which will be performed in its entirety in March with the orchestra.

After dinner there was dancing as the 65-piece orchestra performed for another hour, featuring fun numbers like “Bandstand Boogie” and “Mack the Knife” and concluding with “In The Mood,” which had the dance floor packed. Proceeds from the evening go The Philly Pops concert series and educational programs. The emcee for the evening was Pat Ciarrocchi, CBS 3 Philly

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John Baer Wrote Today’s Funniest Line About Pennsylvania Politics

The Daily News‘ John Baer writes today that Gov. Tom Corbett is on the verge of a defeat so deep and humiliating it would be kinder to use a “mercy rule” to award the governorship to Tom Wolf right this second.

Corbett’s excuse for trailing? He didn’t realize he needed to work so hard to tout his own accomplishments. Which leaves Baer’s mouth agape, metaphorically speaking:

If Corbett loses, he needn’t look far for the principal reason why.

In a recent interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, he himself spelled it out:

“Frankly, I always was of the philosophy – and I certainly am changing that now – that if you do a good job, people will recognize it and it will get reported.”

This betrays either a profound misunderstanding of politics, a long-term disconnect from reality or the cognitive powers of a cocker spaniel.

Ouch. Funny. But ouch. We’re guessing Baer won’t get a Christmas card this year.

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