If Gov. Corbett learned anything from his 2010 campaign, it should have been the perils of anecdotal claims about Pennsylvania's unemployed residents. But there was Corbett Monday, explaining during his monthly "Ask The Governor" show at PAMatters.com why the state is lagging in job growth.
“There are many employers who say, look, we’re looking for people but we can’t find anybody that has passed a drug test, a lot of them," Corbett said. "And that’s a concern for me because we’re having a serious problem with that.”
Corbett didn't cite any sources or name any employers passing along this troubling information. And that had a familiar ring to it. Corbett, as the Republican nominee for governor, said three times in July 2010 that employers had complained to him about potential hires who preferred staying on unemployment to taking new jobs.
Corbett offered half an apology after the resulting furor, explaining that he wasn't speaking about all of the unemployed people in the state. Corbett's campaign refused to cite any sources for his claim, calling it "anecdotal information" that he heard from employers but didn't know to be fact.