Mon Nov 26, 2012, 04:59 PM
JPZenger (6,792 posts)
Multi-Millionaire Garbage Company Owner Most Likely Repub. Challenger Against Corbett?
The Repubs are very unhappy about Corbett - they think he hasn't gotten enough of the ALEC agenda passed in the Republican-controlled legislature (including anti-union laws). They also complain he hasn't sold off enough State assets, such as State Stores. Polls also show Corbett behind 10 points against a generic Democratic challenger, and that he has one of the lowest approval ratings of any Governor (except the teabagger in Maine).
One of the people apparently ready to challenge Corbett is the owner and CEO of a large garbage company, Penn Waste in York Pa - Scott Wagner. He also owns a large trucking and scrap metal hauling company. He has been a large Republican contributor and could fund his own race. He recently sent out an email attacking Corbett.
Excerpts of Scott Wagner's blog posts from www.scottwagner.com (which sure looks like a campaign website - the site is not currently working):
"The heavy influence of labor unions on numerous Republican legislators is a problem, which I have thoroughly documented in a previous email and on my web site. But the flow of money from organized labor to lawmakers of both parties is nothing new. The difference lies in the Governorís office. Tom Corbett is not a leader. Pennsylvania has a weak CEO in Tom Corbett. There is nothing else that explains PA Republicansí lack of achievements while historic reforms have been achieved by Republicans in other states like New Jersey under Chris Christie, Indiana under Mitch Daniels, Florida under Rick Scott, Louisiana under Bobby Jindal, and Wisconsin under Scott Walker.
Tom Corbett came to Harrisburg with no practical business experience. He is an attorney who methodically worked his way through the political ranks by gaining favor with party leaders.
When he became Governor, most of the people Tom Corbett hired as top level management were career bureaucrats and lawyers who, like Gov. Corbett himself, had no practical business experience. I have had personal conversations with several state Representatives and state Senators whoíve told me that there is no leadership or direction coming from the Governorís office."
"They just don't see his weak leadership skills when it comes to governing and his incompetent staff being enough to pull him out of his dismal political standing he has with the the voters now. "Also, adding motivation to a possible primary run is the fact that Corbett badly handled 2012 primaries. By forcing the weakest US Senate candidate, Steve Welch, who eventually got crushed by Tom Smith, down the throats of state committee, Corbett alienated many others who are now open to supporting a Corbett primary challenger....
So, who in the GOP would dare challenge a sitting GOP Governor? Well, some of the early names that are floating around in the rumor mill as a possible GOP primary challenger are Scott Wagner of York, the wealthy Penn Waste CEO who has massive self-funding capabilities and was the one who blasted Corbett in that email referenced above about his lack of leadership; Glen Meakem of Pittsburgh, the multi-millionaire businessman who also has self-funding means and political ambitions but has kept a much lower profile and is said to testing the waters discreetly; and Bruce Castor, the perpetual rival of Tom Corbett from the 04 AG primary who lacks self-funding ability but has a huge geographical base in the Southeast to start from. Word is he sees a possible opportunity to enter and it is well known he desperately wants out of the Montco Courthouse scene."
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