CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Pennsylvania Democrats are focused on re-electing President Obama, of course, but some of the most interesting sidebars among the state’s delegates, donors and activists at the national convention revolve around hopes of taking out Gov. Corbett in 2014.
“We have a real shot,” said state chairman Jim Burn, a Pittsburgh lawyer. “This is the most unpopular governor in the United States.”
Corbett’s approval rating was in the low 30s in recent polls. He supported requiring women to have an ultrasound before getting an abortion, and has slashed spending on social programs and education. “He thinks like a prosecutor in black and white, but as an executive you live in a gray world,” Burn said.
The chairman added that state party leaders agree it would be wise to unite behind a single candidate in the 2014 gubernatorial primary, to avoid an expensive brawl and conserve resources for the fight against Corbett in a state that historically does not turn out incumbent chief executives.