2010-05-20 / Local & State

Papers Make Endorsements In Governor’s Race

By The Associated Press

Three Pennsylvania newspapers have endorsed Attorney General Tom Corbett for the Republican nomination in the governor’s race, while two endorsed Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato for the Democratic nomination while the third gave its nod to Auditor General Jack Wagner.

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg said Onorato stood out in a strong field, citing his cost-cutting efforts and knowledge about the challenges faced by local governments. The Pittsburgh Post- Gazette said Onorato’s “dayto day experience with taxes, budgets, unions, roads, buses, parks and a wide range of county services for 1.2 million people’’ gave him the edge.

But the Pittsburgh Tribune Review accused Onorato of a “troublesome disregard for the rule of law’’ and said Wagner, a former Pittsburgh City Council president and state senator, had been “an effective watchdog for taxpayers’’ as auditor general.

All cited Corbett’s long history of public service and the fact that his investigation into legislative corruption had targeted members of both political parties.

“He has aggressively tackled more than most attorneys general would, and deserves high marks for that,’’ The Patriot-News said.

The Pittsburgh Tribune- Review also urged voters to pick retired Navy admiral Joe Sestak as the Democrat and former congressman Pat Toomey as the Republican in the U.S. Senate race.

The paper criticized incumbent Republicanturned Democrat Arlen Specter’s party switch and called Sestak “incredibly intelligent, thoughtful and articulate’’ with impressive expertise on military matters. Toomey, the paper said, is “a voice of economic sanity so rare in politics today.’’

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