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Corbett's campaign schedule

After winning a right-to-know case regarding access to Gov. Corbett's schedule, the AP reports lots of meetings on the guv's campaign.

Corbett's campaign schedule

Gov. Corbett weighed in on sports safety and the Penn State sanctions at Rothman Institute´s Impact of Sports Conference. (Associated Press)
Gov. Corbett weighed in on sports safety and the Penn State sanctions at Rothman Institute's Impact of Sports Conference. (Associated Press)

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

JB: Yo, boss, see that AP story on Corbett's schedule.

BE: Not yet. Been reading Ronnie's take on "Topless Moira" and still looking for pix of the faux-hooker featured in Stephanie Farr's Monday story.

JB: You've got a two-track mind.

BE: Well, both stories are more interesting than anything Corbett could be doing.

JB: Yeah, well, to refresh your mammary, AP went to court on a right-to-know case and won the right to know how Corbett spends his time.

BE: And?

JB: Turns out he spent the first four months of 2013 meeting twice a-week on his reelection campaign next year: 29 meetings in restaurants, private homes, law firms, private clubs and in D.C. and Chicago.

BE: Chicago?

JB: I don't know. Frackers? Point is, despite all evidence to the contrary, the guv seems to be taking his reelect seriously.

BE: Well, given his polling numbers and his policy successes, which as far as I can tell are so far limited to getting two budgets on time without new taxes, he should be.

JB: Most of the details of his schedule are redacted but AP also reports he spent "significant" time meeting with "big-city journalists" and doing call-in cameos for talk radio.

BE: Big-city journalists, eh?

JB: I assume Dom Giordano.

BE: So nothing juicy?

JB: Well, there was a Flyers game he attended and a private dinner party with Pittsburgh hockey legend Mario Lemieux.

BE: It's good to be king.

JB: Which is why he's in meetings figuring out how to stay on the throne.

John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
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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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