Corbett announces Women for Corbett-Cawley coalition
Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett announced the formation of the Women for Corbett-Cawley coalition at a campaign stop Thursday in Media.
The coalition aims to spread Corbett’s campaign message in a grassroots manner. The coalition has broken the state into eight regions where regional chairs oversee county operatives.
It’s goal, Corbett said, is to preach his message: That he and Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley delivered on their 2010 campaign promises of more jobs and less taxes.
“We need your help,” Corbett told the women assembled at D’Ignazio’s Towne House Restaurante. “These are campaigns. Campaigns are not just won with advertisements on TV. They are won at the grassroots level.”
Corbett faces a primary challenge from Ardmore businessman Bob Guzzardi, but his bigger battle likely will come in the general election. There are four gubernatorial candidates seeking the Democratic nomination, including York businessman Tom Wolf, who leads most polls.
In announcing the coalition, Susan Corbett praised her husband as being a “champion of women in the workforce,” highlighting the various high-ranking women who have worked under him. She noted that seven women head state agencies that combine to manage almost 90 percent of the state’s budget. Of Corbett’s 16 closest advisers, 10 are women, she said.
“He’s got a great track record of supporting and working with women,” Susan Corbett said. “… My husband says that he makes no concerted effort to hire women over men. He simply hires the best people for the job regardless of gender.”
The Corbetts also announced that Bernadette Comfort will chair the coalition. Comfort is the executive director of the Anne B. Anstine Excellence in Public Service Series, a political leadership training program for women.
“We’re going to doing exactly what the Governor said – taking the message to the people at the grassroots level and in our everyday lives,” Comfort said. “We’ll be taking the facts about the Corbett-Cawley administration to the people and talking about the record that they’re running on.”
David Landau, chairman of the Delaware County Democratic Party, said Corbett’s record on women’s issues is “terrible,” adding that no amount of press conferences or election-year organizations will enable him overcome it.
“At first I thought this was a bad joke because Tom Corbett has the worst record imaginable on women’s issues,” Landau said.
Landau cited the “just close your eyes” remark Corbett made two years ago regarding legislation that would have required women to undergo mandatory ultrasound examinations 24 hours before having an abortion.
Landau also noted that Pennsylvania has fallen precipitously from its January 2011 ranking as being the seventh-highest state for job creation. Pennsylvania now ranks 45th, according to Arizona State University, a factor Landau said greatly impacts women.