In North Huntingdon event, Corbett touts health care suit

| Monday, April 26, 2010

Frank Huchrowski came to the Town House in North Huntingdon on Sunday afternoon to elicit a promise from Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett.

Huchrowski is a supporter of state Rep. Sam Rohrer of Berks County, who along with Corbett is seeking the Republican nomination in next month's primary for governor.

Huchrowski said he wanted Corbett to make a pledge to support prohibiting the GOP state committee from spending money during the Republican gubernatorial primary race. Rohrer is behind Corbett in fundraising and lags in the polls.

"I'm just looking for a fair fight," Huchrowski said yesterday to Corbett and a gathering of about 35 Republicans in the North Huntingdon municipal building.

Corbett declined to make any promises about how state campaign money would be used in the primary campaign, saying he didn't control those dollars.

Corbett came to North Huntingdon for a 90-minute question-and-answer session in which he fielded inquiries about health care, his office's investigation into campaign activities among legislators and staffers, and other issues.

During his address, he spoke at length in support of his decision to join 12 other state attorney generals to challenge the new federal health care law approved earlier this year.

"I signed on because I believe there is a legitimate dispute. We have a leg to stand on," Corbett said.

He pledged to use the power of the governor's office to continue the legal fight to overturn the health care bill.

Corbett's office has overseen the investigation of legislators' and staffers' illegal use of taxpayers money for campaign purposes. While he declined yesterday to discuss the status of the ongoing investigation, he told voters the probe is being greeted with mixed opinions during his travels around the state.

"This is one of the reasons I am running. I want to look at how this money is spent," Corbett said. "This investigation we're doing was probably not in my best interest. There are some very powerful people out there who want to get even with me."

Corbett attacked Rohrer's record in the state legislature.

"I've never voted for a pay raise. I've never voted for a pension increase, and I've never taken an unvouchered expense," Corbett said.

Most in attendance yesterday had already committed their support to Corbett, but some still needed to hear answers before they go to the polls on May 18.

"Tom Corbett is a genuine person with an agenda to make Pennsylvania a better place. I like what Sam Rohrer says, but this isn't a choice between a lesser of two evils," said North Huntingdon resident Joel Reiter.

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