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Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009

Veteran political analyst and best-selling author Dick Morris spoke at a fundraiser at the Duquesne Club Tuesday night for gubernatorial hopeful Tom Corbett, the state attorney general.

Corbett, who is seeking the Republican nomination in next year's primary, introduced Morris by saying, "Our next guest used to be with Bill Clinton, now he is with us."

Morris became an adviser to President Clinton, a Democrat, after his first election in 1992. He was instrumental in persuading Clinton to adopt triangulation policies which combine Republican and Democratic agendas, a tactic that helped Clinton politically after the Democrats lost the House in his first midterm.

Corbett's fundraiser was held two days before the start of the Pennsylvania Society soirees in New York City. The event beginning Thursday is a 110-year tradition held the second weekend in December in which politicians of both parties gather at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel for nonstop fundraising and receptions.

Corbett's two Republican primary opponents are U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach of Chester County and state Rep. Sam Rohrer of Berks County.

The next fundraising reporting deadline is at the end of the month. Pennsylvania is one of the few states that has no limits on contributions to gubernatorial candidates.

More than 100 people attended last night's fundraiser Downtown. After his speech, Morris signed copies of his newest best-seller, "Catastrophe."

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