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Nov. 12, 2011, 10:39 a.m.

The GOV race “entered an ag­gress­ive new phase” 9/29 “as a pair of cam­paign com­mer­cials” by Al­legheny Co. Ex­ec Dan Onor­ato (D) began air­ing, “as­sail­ing” AG Tom Corbett (R) “as a budget-buster, a prop­erty-tax-raiser, and a fleet-car ab­user, not to men­tion a can­did­ate who had in­sul­ted laid-off work­ers.” These “first neg­at­ive ads of the” cycle “came 34 days” or “just un­der five weeks” be­fore the 11/2 elec­tion.

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Muh­len­berg Col­lege prof. Chris­toph­er Bor­ick: “I would be shocked if this wasn’t the be­gin­ning of many more (neg­at­ive) ads”

The “con­ven­tion­al polit­ic­al wis­dom sug­ges­ted that Onor­ato had to fire first” as he is “trail­ing in polls” and “must break the status quo in or­der to catch up.”

Corbett mgr Bri­an Nutt: “In his des­per­a­tion to mis­lead Pennsylvania voters, Dan Onor­ato at­tacks Tom Corbett’s ac­tions as at­tor­ney gen­er­al to pro­tect and de­fend Pennsylvania fam­il­ies” (In­field, Phil­adelphia In­quirer, 10/1).

Stumpty Stump Stump

On the stump in Mont­gomery Co, Onor­ato spoke to re­port­ers.

Onor­ato: “You get to see the state in a way you’d nev­er prob­ably see the state be­fore. I love Phil­adelphia and the re­gion here. It’s been great. It’s been good to me in the primary and I’m look­ing for­ward to Elec­tion Day and com­ing back as gov­ernor”

Onor­ato, on Corbett: “He’s been a pro­sec­utor; I’ve been an elec­ted ex­ec­ut­ive run­ning the second largest county. I’ve cut gov­ern­ment, bal­anced budgets without rais­ing prop­erty taxes for sev­en years in a row, downs­ized the num­ber of elec­ted of­fi­cials, downs­ized 911, cleaned up brown­fields, got the eco­nomy mov­ing again. That’s ex­actly what the next gov­ernor is go­ing to do for the state, so that ex­per­i­ence is go­ing to serve me well go­ing in­to the gov­ernor’s house.”

Onor­ato on his agenda: “We’ve got to cre­ate an en­vir­on­ment for the pub­lic sec­tor to want to be here,” he said. “We have the second highest cor­por­ate tax struc­ture. We’ve got to lower that” (Celona, Mont­gomery Times Her­ald, 10/1).

A Really Tax­ing De­bate

Onor­ato said Corbett already “back­pedaled on his pledge not to raise taxes if elec­ted,” char­ging Corbett “said he’d con­sider in­creas­ing work­ers’ payroll de­duc­tions to shore up the state’s un­em­ploy­ment fund.” Corbett’s camp called the de­duc­tions a “con­tri­bu­tion” but “Onor­ato says it’s a tax.”

“Ana­lysts say” that voters “don’t see a dif­fer­ence between call­ing something a con­tri­bu­tion in­stead of a tax. They just care that it would come out of their paychecks” (An­dren, Har­ris­burg Pat­ri­ot News, 10/1).

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