Over the past few days, Gov. Tom Corbett and Gov. Chris Christie have been playing hide and seek with Pennsylvanians - cancelling events at the last minute to avoid protesters and even planning decoy events to give Pennsylvanians the slip.
Last week there were multiple sources that said there would be a Corbett/Christie fundraiser at the Union League, but protests were also reported.
Then, according to WIll Bunch, “NBC 10’s Lu Ann Cahn reports she was told by a Union League employee that “they were notified last week the fundraiser was supposed to be here and then they got a call sometime today saying, ‘No,this was a decoy location' and…we learned from the Corbett campaign it was all very secretive until about a half hour ago that the event has been in fact moved to the Comcast Center.”
Bunch pointed out that, “this is not normal political behavior.” But it wasn’t the first time Corbett tried to pull this kind of stunt. The same thing happened on Friday.
Tom Corbett is so out of touch with Pennsylvanians that he has to schedule decoy fundraisers and cancel events at the last minute to hide from his destructive record.
Check out the rest of the coverage here:
“As many as 1,000 protesters, many angry about school funding, blocked traffic and waved signs in Center City on Monday afternoon, hoping to disrupt or at least deflect attention from a fund-raising stop by Govs. Corbett and Christie.” [Philadelphia Inquirer, 6/9/14]
“The demonstration started at the Union League at 4 p.m., but protesters marched to the Comcast Center to call on Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett to reverse cuts to the education budget. Corbett was attending a fundraiser inside with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. ‘It’s that idea that we’re here to educate, and we can’t do it. Our hands are tied in a lot of places. And when our hands are tied, the kids are losing out,” a teacher said in an interview with CBS 3.’” [CBS Philly, 6/9/14]
“And here’s the thing: Like a lot of Pennsylvanians, I find it hard to see how Corbett can defend his record, slashing corporate taxes and giving his fracking industry campaign donors a free pass in the name of jobs that were never created, while school kids in the city don’t have nurses, librarians or guidance counselors. However, Corbett could still get re-elected with those things on his record. But I can guarantee that he will never, ever win another election in Pennsylvania — not even for dog-catcher (as if they ever elected dog catchers) — without the respect that is earned from standing up to your critics.” [Philadelphia Daily News, 6/9/14]
“Corbett’s inability to visit Philadelphia without sparking street protests could pose a growing problem for the governor if the schools crisis continues to deepen in the lead up to the November election. Corbett, an unpopular Republican widely considered to be the country’s most vulnerable incumbent governor, faces a tough challenge from Democratic challenger Tom Wolf. In January, Corbett canceled a visit to Central High School at the last minute in the face of protests from students and community members. It would have been his first documented visit to a Philadelphia public school.” [Philadelphia CityPaper, 6/9/14]
“Outside the glass tower of the Comcast Center, teachers, parents and education unions protested against Governors Tom Corbett and Chris Christie. The New Jersey governor was raising money for his Pennsylvania counterpart who’s lagging in the polls for reelection. ‘Isn’t that appropriate? While they’re feasting, our schools are starving,’ Fels High School teacher Joe Beech said.” [WPVI, 6/9/14]
“The protesters - teachers, students and members of several activist groups - gathered about 4 p.m. outside the Union League, on Broad Street near Sansom, before marching. During the protest, activists demanded ‘fair funding’ for Philadelphia’s public schools and slammed Corbett for issuing what they called ‘devastating cuts’ to education since he took office.” [Philadelphia Daily News, 6/9/14]
“‘I sat down in the way of Corbett’s cuts because I’m worried about my daughter’s future and all children’s futures in a school system that keeps getting slashed to the bone,’ said Andi Perez, the outgoing Director of Youth United for Change and one of the arrested protesters. ‘I have spent a career fighting for Philadelphia public school students, and things are as bad as I’ve ever seen under Gov. Corbett’s massive budget cuts. We need to say enough is enough.’” [NBC 10, 6/9/14]