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Corbett mum about whether he’ll weigh in on Lt. Gov. race

Corbett mum about whether he’ll weigh in on Lt. Gov. race

PHILADELPHIA—Tom Corbett isn’t showing his hand.

With GOP insiders looking to see whether and how their likely gubernatorial nominee will make his preference for a running mate known, the Attorney General bluntly declined to discuss the matter.

“That’s a good question, but you’re not going to get an answer,” Corbett told during a candidates’ forum here Tuesday night. “These candidates have been out there campaigning … and I’m watching what’s going on.”

Corbett would hold incredible sway in determining who the Republican State Committee endorses for the position when it meets this weekend in Harrisburg. He has publicly stayed out of the fray as the candidates courted regional committee caucuses, and some party insiders have been surprised by what they see as his reticence to pick a running mate even after the caucus process finished last weekend. A couple more days remain for Corbett to weigh in, but he would not even shed light on whether or not he’ll favor a certain candidate—let alone who that candidate would be.

•Also on Gerlach’s exit simplifies Lt. Gov. race

February 10, 2010 at 8:00 pm

--Dan Hirschhorn

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  1. DrBob

    Feb 11th, 2010

    He is a very smart man,and I believe its his time to shine.Mr Corbett you have my vote.

  2. Tommy Tamlonsen

    Feb 11th, 2010

    the only guy really out there campaigning seems to be Johnson from York. He’s got the right message and i hope he does well

  3. Sarah

    Feb 11th, 2010

    Chet Beiler is not acceptable to Corbett, he has a lot of straw votes but he is a felon and from the wrong part of the state. Cawley is the only acceptable candidate.

  4. Nathan Shrader

    Feb 11th, 2010

    Russ Diamond is the candidate who can tap into the pro-reform sentiment among the voters. A Franklin and Marshall poll suggested that well over 75% of Pennsylvanians favor reform, and that of those voters, over 90% feel very strongly about the issue.

    The natural LG choice to help deliver those voters in November is Russ Diamond, the guy who has actually written a detailed plan for a state constitutional convention, pledged to work to eliminate property taxes, and stand up to federal intrusion. His full plan can be read at

  5. Luke

    Feb 11th, 2010

    Beiler is felon? I did not know that…how could the party support someone like that? That is a great mix, put the Attorney General up for Governor and have his LG candidate as a convicted felon. Great idea Party people.

  6. Anonymous

    Feb 11th, 2010

    Joe Watkins is the most logical choice for Lieutenant Governor once all the math is done. All indications are that he did superbly while traveling through the Commonwealth. The NE and NECRA caucuses wins and strong showings elsewhere bear that out.

    State Committee may not endorse him and it remains to be seen if he’ll continue on and primary if endorsement is not in hand. One hopes he will. It will keep things interesting and enjoyable to all political junkies.

  7. Trunk Man 19149

    Feb 12th, 2010

    Why would Watkins seek the endorsement then run without it. Either you respect the decision of the committee or you don’t. Pick a side and stick with it. Whoever gets the endorsement is who I am going to be with.

  8. Anonymous

    Feb 12th, 2010

    To Trunk Man,

    Considering that no one knows what Watkins will do, we’ll have to wait and see.

    And running for the office without the endorsement is not disrespectful in this country big guy, it’s called competing. Or, if you like…offering an alternative product against the endorsed product when it is clearly not well liked by the consumer…

    Pick a side…you’re funny…Pick a winner is what the electorate is really saying…..

  9. Open Primary!

    Feb 12th, 2010

    Toomey ran against the endorsed Republican Specter in the 2004 GOP primary. Toomey was and is the better Senate candidate. Sometimes party leaders pick the wrong horse. Too many good candidates for Lieutneant Governor this time – let the voters decide!

  10. Luke

    Feb 12th, 2010

    I agree. Open Primary. Let’s see what these candidates can do.

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