Ron Tomalis had become a campaign issue in the race for Pennsylvania governor between Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic nominee Tom Wolf.
So it’s no surprise that Tomalis, special adviser to Gov. Tom Corbett on higher education, has resigned. Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq announced the resignation today.
Democrats had been hammering Corbett on how much work Tomalis was doing in a job that paid $139,542 per year. Corbett told me last week that Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Bill Cole was wrong in asserting that Tomalis was a “ghost employee.”
“This is just the Wolf campaign trying to create an issue that doesn’t really exist,” Corbett said.
But Democrats wouldn’t let go of the issue. Corbett didn’t need that distraction as he tries to gain traction in the polls.
In a statement, Corbett said, “Ron has been committed to Pennsylvania’s education system since the early days of my administration.
“He has worked closely with Secretary Dumaresq and the Department of Education to shape programs and policies that are in the best interest of students. I thank him for his work and commitment to education,” Corbett said.
– John Guerriero