Corbett pushes state job web site listing racy jobs

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The seemingly innocuous state jobs web site, JobGateway.pa.gov, links to others that include racy occupational vacancies.

This is probably the last thing a governor dealing with a porn scandal needs right now.

Gov. Corbett, during his second debate with Democrat Tom Wolf today, repeatedly mentioned the state’s job hunting web site and said there are 250,000 jobs available.

That site – JobGateway.pa.gov – pulls from other job boards, including Craigslist.com.

Here are a few of the Craigslist options that come up on the government web site.

  • “Casting Couch – Looking for M.I.L.F.S….hot mom & daughter combos!!! Young busty females between 18-45. Please attach pic. Thank you ladies!!!”
  • “VIP Hostess – I have two visiting VIP gentlemen coming to town. Need a couple of female hostesses to join them for cocktailing, dinner and clubbing. Send me a couple of pictures of yourself – under 30 please, if you are highly attractive and in need of $$...”
  • “Bachelor Party – Looking for one or two dancers for a bachelor party in June. Please send photos and other info/rates.”
  • “Dancing – We are planning a private party for 15 to 20 guys, looking for 2 girls to dance for us. Cash plus tips.”
  • There were also four listings for “Car dates,” a euphemism for prostitution.

The Campaign for a Fresh Start, a political action committee Wolf founded to help him defeat Corbett's bid for a second term, directed reporters to the job postings shortly after the debate.

Corbett was in North Philadelphia soon after the debate, pushing for the unemployed to take advantage of state resources like the web site.

Corbett's state staff and campaign spokesman pointed out that the state job site tells visitors they are being redirected to outside web sites when they click on a job posting.  But the content from those outside web sites also appeared on the state web site.

Sara Goulet, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Labor and Industry, said a computer program is used to "weed out" inappropriate job postings but that the jobs listed above slipped through. They have now been removed, she said, noting that web site users can also flag a posting as inappropriate.

"It is unfortunate that rather than talk about hundreds of thousands of good family-sustaining jobs, Tom Wolf is focusing on a handful of glitches in an algorithm that aggregated hundreds of thousands of jobs from many national employment websites, including Monster and Craigslist," campaign spokesman Chris Pack said.

Corbett was asked during today's debate about state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who last week displayed for the media a selection of hard-core pictures and videos shared on state computers and email accounts by Corbett's top deputies when he was attorney general.

Corbett, who has requested copies of all the emails, said he didn't know about the practice when it was happening.

Some of the deputies with porn in their archived in-boxes went on to top jobs when Corbett became governor in 2010, including State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Chris Abruzzo, former Secretary of Legislative Affairs Chris Carusone, former Press Secretary Kevin Harley (now a Corbett campaign advisor) and Glenn Parno, who oversees oil and gas regulation at DEP.