Republican Governor Tom Corbett came to Wilkes-Barre to speak to a crowd of about two hundred supporters at the Wilkes-Barre Victory Center on South Main Street. Luzerne County Republican Chairman Bill Urbanski welcomed the Governor in a campaign stop which featured a twenty minute address.
Corbett gave a positive message which focused on economic development in Pennsylvania. The Governor's speech had a much different tone than the television and radio advertisements his campaign has been running. Corbett focused on reasons to re-elect him instead of reasons why not to vote for one of four possible Democratic opponents.
Corbett painted a picture of a state in economic peril when he entered office in the beginning of 2011. Corbett argued that his policies of lower taxes and fiscal restraint have led to the creation of over 150,000 new private sector jobs. He said the fact that he has been able to reign in government spending is one of the reasons businesses are looking to the Commonwealth.
The primary election is next Tuesday, May 20th. Although Corbett does not face a primary challenge, he is expected to face ab uphill battle in November against a strong Democratic opponent. York County businessman and former Pennsylvania Secretary of Revenue Tom Wolf is the odds on favorite to win the Democratic nomination.