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For Pennsylvania governor: Elect Tom Corbett

Your pocketbook, your brain and your gut tell you all you need to know -- things are rotten in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. And it begins at the top, with the governor.

For far too long, the executive branch has been running something akin to a rackets operation. Peters are robbed to reward the Pauls. The favored few Pauls never complain, of course. And the Peters are excoriated for having the audacity to protest.

Democrat Gov. Ed Rendell has run Pennsylvania into the ground. The Democrat who hopes to succeed him, Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato, considers Mr. Rendell a role model. Need we say more• Why, yes. Onorato's tenure is one of shafting taxpayers, not serving them, as everything from his drink-tax, his property-reassessment and his mass-transit machinations prove.

Pennsylvania sorely needs leadership. It needs a governor who is an adult, one who plays neither games nor favorites, as the ongoing prosecution of legislative corruption has shown. That leader is Tom Corbett, the Republican state attorney general who has served Pennsylvania -- and the nation as a federal prosecutor -- with the greatest distinction.

We heartily endorse Tom Corbett for governor of Pennsylvania. The commonwealth cannot survive a third Ed Rendell term.

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