No one in their right mind could possibly want to see Tom Corbett reelected governor of Pennsylvania. And polls indicatethat voters are more than ready for a change. But does "a change" mean replacing a corporate shill like Tom Corbett with a corporate shill like Allyson Schwartz? As we saw the other day, many Democrats would prefer a more progressive candidate than Schwartz, who, until a couple weeks ago, was a vice chairman of the corrupt, Wall Street-tainted New Dems. Last week, PPP released a new poll showing that any of the top Democratic contenders could beat Corbett.
Tom Corbett-- already among the country's most unpopular Governors-- has seen his position worsen considerably over the last two months. Only 33% of voters now approve of his job performance, compared to 58% who disapprove. His net approval rating of -25 is 11 points worse than it was in early January at -14 (38/52). The only 2 Governors in the country with a disapproval rating higher than Corbett's are Pat Quinn of Illinois and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island.
In January we tested Corbett against Allyson Schwartz, Joe Sestak, Rob McCord, John Hanger, and Tom Wolf and he led all five of them. Now we find him trailing all five of them, in some cases by double digits. Corbett is down by 11 points each to Schwartz, Sestak, and McCord all by margins of 45/34. Tom Wolf leads by 9 points at 42/33 and John Hanger's up by 7 at 41/34.
What's particularly noteworthy about the substantial leads all of the Democrats have is that they come despite them all being relatively unknown. Sestak has only 52% name recognition and that makes him the famous one of the bunch-- Schwartz is at 38%, Hanger at 31%, McCord at 30%, and Wolf at 22%. Most of the undecideds in the match ups are Democrats so it's possible that as the eventual candidate becomes better known they will build up an even bigger lead.
Saturday evening we looked at former environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger, one of the progressives running in the Democratic primary. The other progressive in the race is former Pennsylvania Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf. I had a long talk with Tom last week and he prepared this biographical sketch for us.
by Tom Wolf
Pennsylvania has inherent qualities, strengths and resources that give it the potential to be one of the most dynamic states in the country. The progressive agenda provides the specific policy prescriptions that could give Pennsylvania the tools to transform its latent strengths and powerful potential into real success, and I have the background, skills, and experience to credibly use the progressive tool set to achieve this constructive transformation. I am an unconventional Democratic candidate for Governor, and that’s precisely why I believe that I am the right person to carry the progressive message.