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Pennsylvania Lawmaker: Corbett's a 'One-Term Tom'

Tuesday, 17 Sep 2013 02:06 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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A conservative Pennsylvania lawmaker has called Gov. Tom Corbett as "one-term Tom,'" predicting he won't be re-elected following his plan to accept federal Medicaid money to help the working poor.

"I think he's gonna be done," State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a Republican from Butler County, told "The Chris Stigall Show" on WPHT-AM.

He said Corbett was guilty of betraying conservative principals by enlarging a government entitlement.

"If he pushes the legislature aside he will be even less effective this next term," Metcalfe, considered by many to be the most conservative member of the Pennsylvania state legislature added.

Metcalfe said a lot of people were now wondering why no Republican challenger has emerged to challenge Corbett in next year's primaries. "But parties typically protect their incumbents, it doesn't matter which party you are in," he noted. "They stay by the incumbent till the incumbent goes down in flames.

"We'd have more accountability if we had more grass roots activity in the base of the party to ensure that incumbents actually stood by what they claim to believe in when they first were elected," he added.

Corbett’s plan is to subsidize private insurance premiums for the working poor instead of extending Medicaid itself.


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