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In special-interest world, political memories of Corbett last painfully long

By - Last modified: April 15, 2013 at 8:50 AM

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Brent Burkey
Brent Burkey

First of all, I have to say how happy I am that college basketball season is over. Congrats to the winners, but for the spectacle itself, I say, don't let the door hit you in the you-know-what on the way out.

I have my reasons, but I'll add another one here: Because playful media attention grabbers during this time of year send out stuff that hits my Inbox like the following condemnation of Gov. Tom Corbett.

They've dubbed him the winner of their "March Badness" award.

So, after taking in the awful wordplay, I start reading for the reason, assuming it's a liberal condemnation of some kind.

Maybe it's because of the potential displacement of union workers if he gets to privatize the state's liquor stores? Or the alleged games he's played with the lives of seniors by trying to hand off the state's lottery to a private manager?

Neither, apparently. He wins the award because of comments made some time ago on an abortion-related ultrasound bill. For the record, his administration's defense was that the comments were taken out of context.

I vaguely remember when this happened. "Vaguely" is the key term. But apparently someone out there, this ProgressNow organization, is still making hay with it.

It's never a good sign, when facing re-election, when the axes to grind get too numerous to remember.

Especially when they deal with an issue as explosive as abortion. And especially when the hard numbers already look daunting.

By one recent measure, Corbett has a negative 14 net job approval rating. Among governors eligible to run for re-election, it's not the worst. But it's still a position where the governor needs all the help he can get.

Dredged skeletons tend to take things in the opposite direction.

Brent Burkey covers retail, tourism, and Lebanon and York counties. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at brentb@centralpennbusiness.com. You can also follow him on Twitter, @brentburkey.

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey

Brent Burkey covers York County, agribusiness, energy and environment, and workforce issues. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at brentb@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @brentburkey.

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