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Posted: November 13th, 2013

Gov. Tom Corbett is in Erie today as he winds up his re-election announcement tour of Pennsylvania cities.

For Corbett, the timing of his speech in Erie comes one day after he received the endorsements of three former state governors — all Republicans — during a campaign event in Hershey.

Gov. Tom Corbett/ETN file photo

Gov. Tom Corbett/ETN file photo

Those endorsements came in person from Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker, and via video from Dick Thornburgh.

Corbett will make his pitch for a second term at the Bayfront Sheraton Hotel. He will be joined by his wife, Susan, during the event that begins at 10:30 a.m.

– John Guerriero



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Posted: July 18th, 2013


Gov. Tom Corbett has announced upper-level staff changes.

Gov. Tom Corbett/ETN file photo

Gov. Tom Corbett/ETN file photo

He has named Leslie Gromis Baker, of Pittsburgh, as his new chief of staff. Gromis Baker, 53, now serves as Corbett’s liaison with the federal government in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C.

She will replace Stephen Aichele, who served as the governor’s chief counsel for nearly 17 months, followed by 14 months as chief of staff.

Aichele will assist Gromis Baker in the transition before returning to private practice.

Gromis Baker also has worked for former Gov. Tom Ridge, serving as his director of public liaison, political director of his 1994 campaign and manager of his 1998 re-election effort.

In 2000,  Gromis Baker directed the state presidential campaign of George W. Bush and was mid-Atlantic chairwoman of the president’s 2004  re-election committee.

Corbett also announced that Secretary of Legislative Affairs Christopher Carusone will be leaving the administration to become a partner in the Harrisburg office of Philadelphia-based law firm Conrad O’Brien.

Carusone will leave in mid-August. Andrew Ritter, executive deputy director of legislative affairs, will then serve as acting secretary.

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party, in its response to the moves, said in a statement that “a few staff changes cannot make Tom Corbett a better leader.”  The party claimed the changes prove that Corbett’s “inner circle is in chaos.”

– John Guerriero


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