Tom Corbett has secured his second labor endorsement of the 2014 General election, this time from the Allegheny County’s Boilermakers Local 154. He received the endorsement of the Laborer's District Council of Western Pennsylvania last month.
“Since taking office, Governor Tom Corbett has kept his promise to fight for Pennsylvania jobs, making our Commonwealth stronger and more prosperous for our members, their families and all Pennsylvanians,” Boilermaker business manager Raymond Ventrone said in a Corbett-issued press release. “We look forward to what the next four years of Governor Corbett’s leadership will hold for Pennsylvania’s future and are proud to stand with him as he seeks re-election this November.”
The move isn’t a total shock. The coal plant union endorsed Corbett in 2010 over Democratic candidate Dan Onorato. Wolf also campaigned on the need for alternative energy and Corbett has wasted no time trying to tie Democratic challenger Tom Wolf to the “war on coal” that everyone else has been tying to President Obama.
Corbett has come out swinging at Wolf since the May 20 primary in an effort to cut into the lead Wolf has on the incumbent. He has hit Wolf on coal, and accused the York County millionaire of buying the Democratic nomination. He also softened his previous position on medical marijuana, decided not to appeal a federal decision to allow same-sex marriage and has formed a tax force to try and settle the UPMC/Highmark dispute.
And it’s likely just the beginning if he hopes to avoid becoming the first sitting governor not to be re-elected since the state in 1968 changed its laws to allow a governor to serve two consecutive terms. A Quinnipiac poll released today has Corbett a 20-point underdog to Wolf, 53-33 percent. According to a press release from the university, “only 23 percent of voters say they and their families are ‘better off’ than they were four years ago, while 27 percent say they are ‘worse off,’ with 49 percent who say they are ‘about the same.’”
"The election is five months away, but Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett looks like easy prey for Democratic challenger Tom Wolf," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll in the release. "When only 23 percent of the electorate says their families are better off now than they were four years ago, the crisis of confidence reverberates through the State House."
The full poll can be found here and Corbett’s full endorsement can be found after the jump.
GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT PROUD TO ANNOUNCE BOILERMAKERS ENDORSEMENT
Boilermakers the Latest Major Labor Union to Endorse the Republican Pennsylvania Governor
HARRISBURG, PA — The Corbett-Cawley campaign today announced that Boilermakers Local 154 have endorsed Governor Tom Corbett for re-election. They are the second major labor union to endorse Governor Corbett. In endorsing Corbett, Boilermakers Local 154 Business Manager Raymond C. Ventrone touted Governor Corbett’s commitment to the energy industry in Pennsylvania.
“Since taking office, Governor Tom Corbett has kept his promise to fight for Pennsylvania jobs, making our Commonwealth stronger and more prosperous for our members, their families and all Pennsylvanians,” said Business Manager Raymond Ventrone. “We look forward to what the next four years of Governor Corbett’s leadership will hold for Pennsylvania’s future and are proud to stand with him as he seeks re-election this November.”
The Boilermakers have a strong construction presence in the energy sector, including the construction and maintenance of power plants, electric power generation plants (including thermal, nuclear, and hydroelectric), gas turbines, gas processing plants and refineries (including oil and chemical).
The Laborers’ District Council of Western Pennsylvania also endorsed Corbett in late May, shortly after Corbett officially received the Republican nomination for re-election. In endorsing Corbett, Laborers’ District Council of Western Pennsylvania President and Business Manager Philip Ameris stated Governor Corbett is “someone you can trust and I think he’s moving Pennsylvania in the right direction. He’s very pragmatic and he keeps his word.” On their website, Ameris says, “it’s not about the Republican or Democratic Parties. It’s about Union issues. We will support, and hold accountable, candidates that are interested in protecting the working class.”