The Harrisburg Patriot-News got a copy of what was intended to be a confidential, internal memo of Republican Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s giving his supporters talking points about just how awesome his first year. What was one his talking points? He’s not as bad as the other newly elected Governors like that Kasich fella:According to the Harrisburg Patriot-News, the memo was drafted by Corbett’s deputy chief of staff Luke Bernstein.
Corbett’s press secretary Kevin Harley said the memo was prepared to ensure that staffers all shared a consistent message about Corbett’s first year.
“We think Tom Corbett has done an unbelievably great job in his first year as governor. But compared to what?” Harley said. He said the comparisons to other governors was intended to answer that question.
“I think it factually listed the facts on each governor, previous Pennsylvania governors and other governors who got elected in the last year,” he said.
Corbett thinks he’s an awesome Governor, especially if you compare him to Kasich. Apparently, Pennsylvanians agree. Last month, the Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll put Corbett’s approval rating above 50% for the first time, but many of his policies have lukewarm, divided support, especially on issues like fracking. In March, Corbett’s approval rating was only 36%. Quinnipiac had his approval rating at 50% as early as September.
Kasich, on the other hand, has never broke past 40% on any poll last year. (In fact, the University of Cincinnati’s poll in March was the only poll all last year that had Kasich at above the 30s. Every other poll throughout the year kept it below 40%.
From an Ohio Democratic Party press release today on the Pennsylvania Governor’s memo:
John Kasich earned the distinction this year of being the nation’s most unpopular governor. His brash conduct and inappropriate comments, as well as his attacks workers, women and voters, have turned off Ohioans.
“Don’t take our word for it – just ask John Kasich’s fellow Republican governors,” said Ohio Democratic Party Communications Director Seth Bringman. “One neighboring Republican governor publicly disagreed with those like John Kasich who did not support efforts to rescue our auto industry. Another neighboring Republican governor mocked Kasich for championing Senate Bill 5. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. From his attacks on workers’ rights to voting rights to women’s rights, John Kasich has pursued an extreme agenda that has failed our state.”
Governor John Kasich has actually become what other REPUBLICAN governors point to as evidence of a failed, out-of-touch Governor. And it only took less than a year in office.