2010-08-26 / Front Page

Corbett Campaign Stops Here

Gubernatorial candidate meets with residents, county officials
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz
STAFF WRITER

Gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett takes a moment to shake the hand of Mary Booth from Girl Scout Junior Troop 1597, McConnellsburg, during a press conference outside the McConnellsburg Firehall Monday afternoon. Gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett takes a moment to shake the hand of Mary Booth from Girl Scout Junior Troop 1597, McConnellsburg, during a press conference outside the McConnellsburg Firehall Monday afternoon. The only thing missing from Monday’s meet and greet with gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett outside the McConnellsburg Firehall was a complimentary box of Girl Scout cookies.

Four members of Girl Scout Junior Troop 1597 of McConnellsburg and their leader, Terri Booth, and assistant leader, Heather Lynch were on hand to meet with Corbett as a follow-up to the Republican candidate’s tour of local businesses.

Junior Girl Scouts Mary Booth, Amanda Hoover, Carlie Jo Lynch and Rebecca Wenschhof shook hands with Corbett and posed some difficult questions, such as Corbett’s stance on recycling. The group was then treated to a tour of Corbett’s campaign bus, which displays a motto of “More Jobs, Less Taxes,” by Corbett’s wife, Susan.

Booth shared following the event that the girls were excited to have met Corbett, who currently serves as the state attorney general. They are also urging their parents to cast a vote in Corbett’s favor during the upcoming November 2 election.

Corbett, in the meantime, informed the Scouts and the nearly 40 elected officials, Republican committee and Women’s Council members and residents in attendance that the August 23 press conference was not his first visit to Fulton County. As a child, Corbett noted, he had taken many trips along Route 30 with his father, who would undoubtedly be proud to see the Corbett name splashed on the side of a campaign bus making its way through the commonwealth.

Touching on the state of Pennsylvania and the economy as well as where we are and should be heading in the future, Corbett said his vision for the commonwealth would take us in an entirely different direction.

“We’re stuck in the mud, and we’re watching other states pass us by,” stated Corbett, who added special emphasis should be placed on the growth of small businesses. “Looking at the closed storefronts on Lincoln Way, we’d like to see the economy come back so they can open up again.”

“Obviously we’re in a very difficult period of time in the nation, but we’ve made it difficult for ourselves here in the state with our high spending at the state level. We’ve increased the state budget by 40 percent ... . It’s uncontrolled spending. We’ve tapped out every resource we have in state government ... ,” he said.

Wishing to fall back on principles of fiscal discipline, limited government and free enterprise, Corbett went on to say the state has great potential and resources ranging from wind and solar to coal and natural gas.

“I’m concerned though about our greatest resource, our children, who are leaving Pennsylvania. Twenty-five percent of every child that is born, raised and educated in Pennsylvania leaves to find other jobs and opportunities,” Corbett concluded. “ ... We have to reverse the direction we’re going in. That’s why I’m running for governor.”

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