Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Corbett Hits the Ground, uh, Hosting

Corbett's first week in office isn't exactly a ball of fire.

Corbett Hits the Ground, uh, Hosting


(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Yo, that Tom Corbett's really off to a fast start, eh?

BE: How so?

JB: Well, Sunday he's hosting a public "open house" at the mansion from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with guided tours and music. Nice, eh?

BE: I guess. What about his pledge to hit the ground running and change the culture in Harrisburg?

JB: Well, look, his office already (as of this morning) put out four press releases since he's been in office.

BE: Do tell.

JB: He ordered flags over the Capitol and in Erie flown at half-mast to honor an Erie soldier killed in Afghanistan; announced two Powerball lottery winners in Allegheny and Columbia counties; released new state unemployment stats; and announced Sunday's mansion gig.

BE: Busy week.

JB: And he's already talking about increased spending in the governor's office.


JB: Yep, take a look at the AP's Pete Jackson's report on Corbett's first day in his Capitol office. Says we should install better lighting to show off the portraits of past governor's that line the walls of the office.

BE: I thought he was going to CUT spending.

JB: Maybe after he shines a light on his predecessors.

BE: But wait. Didn't he say his first order of business would be a reform package for the Legislature?

JB: He did.

BE: And?

JB: Well, campaigners, like Duff Man, say a lot of things.

BE: I suppose the new lighting could be portrayed as part of an effort to make Harrisburg more transparent, more visible to taxpayers.

JB: Now you're thinking like a politician.

BE: And I guess, the open house is symbolic of how he wants to be seen as an ordinary guy, a  man of the people, open and welcoming.

JB: Bingo.

BE: But what about promised reforms? What about cutting government costs? What about...

JB: Easy, easy. Don't you want to see the mansion, take a tour, hear some music.

BE: Hmmm. Could be fun.

JB: And there might even be hot chocolate and cookies.


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John is the author of the book "On The Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting" (The History Press, 2012). Reach John at baerj@phillynews.com.

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