Northeast Times

New Corbett ad spotlights low unemployment rate

Gov. Tom Corbett de­b­uted a cam­paign com­mer­cial last week that touts the 178,000 private sec­tor jobs cre­ated in the last three years and an un­em­ploy­ment rate of 5.6 per­cent that is the low­est since Septem­ber 2008.

In ad­di­tion, the tele­vi­sion spot ref­er­ences a sur­vey con­duc­ted by Site Se­lec­tion magazine show­ing Pennsylvania No. 1 in the north­east­ern United States for build­ing new fa­cil­it­ies.

“Gov. Tom Corbett is build­ing a stronger Pennsylvania, and that’s a story we are ex­cited to tell to the voters,” said cam­paign com­mu­nic­a­tions dir­ect­or Chris Pack. “Pennsylvania’s un­em­ploy­ment rate is at a five-year low, and we have more people work­ing in the state’s private sec­tor than at any oth­er point in his­tory. Gov. Tom Corbett is build­ing a stronger Pennsylvania for our fu­ture, and he’s not done yet.”

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Mean­while, Corbett was en­dorsed by the Chester County Cham­ber of Busi­ness and In­dustry.

The latest jobs re­port re­leased by the Pennsylvania De­part­ment of Labor and In­dustry found that 21,700 private sec­tor jobs were cre­ated for the month of May. The un­em­ploy­ment rate also fell for the 10th con­sec­ut­ive month to 5.6 per­cent – a five-year low.

“We proudly en­dorse Gov. Tom Corbett for re-elec­tion be­cause he has made the tough de­cisions ne­ces­sary to build a stronger Pennsylvania,” said Guy Ciar­roc­chi, pres­id­ent of the group. “Thanks to Gov. Tom Corbett’s lead­er­ship in Har­ris­burg, Chester County is re­bound­ing from the re­ces­sion and from the bad eco­nomy that his ad­min­is­tra­tion in­her­ited when he took of­fice. We are now stronger with more people em­ployed in the private sec­tor than at any oth­er point in our state’s his­tory, while our un­em­ploy­ment con­tin­ues to free-fall. We are ex­cited to see where our state is headed un­der four more years of Gov. Tom Corbett’s lead­er­ship in Har­ris­burg.”

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The Phil­adelphia Re­pub­lic­an Party is cri­ti­ciz­ing May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter for his com­ments re­gard­ing com­plaints about the vul­gar­ity used by per­formers at the Ju­ly 4 Wel­come Amer­ica con­cert.

Thou­sands of people watched the con­cert on the Ben­jamin Frank­lin Park­way, and the show was broad­cast live on Chan­nel 6.

Nut­ter told KYW News­ra­dio that the acts are well known, and that people could have gone to the bath­room or got­ten something to eat when the per­formers began to use foul lan­guage.

“Since the acts are fairly well known to per­form in a non­fam­ily-friendly man­ner, as Nut­ter points out, shouldn’t the city have avoided us­ing them?” asked Joe De­Fe­lice, ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or of the loc­al GOP.

De­Fe­lice said people should ex­pect class dur­ing Phil­adelphia’s Ju­ly 4 cel­eb­ra­tion. He ad­ded that Nut­ter’s com­ments don’t sound very wel­com­ing to the Wel­come Amer­ica crowd.

“What does he want people to do? Spend 30 minutes try­ing to get off the Park­way after they hear the first five f-bombs?” De­Fe­lice asked.

This is the second year in a row that there’s been con­tro­versy dur­ing a ma­jor out­door con­cert in Phil­adelphia. Dur­ing last Au­gust’s Made in Amer­ica con­cert, Pub­lic En­emy dis­played a ban­ner that read, “Free Mu­mia Abu-Jamal,” re­fer­ring to the con­victed killer of Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficer Daniel Faulkner.

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Ken Trujillo, a pos­sible Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate for may­or in 2015, has hired a cam­paign team.

Trujillo is a former city so­li­cit­or and as­sist­ant U.S. at­tor­ney. He lives in Chest­nut Hill with his wife and daugh­ter.

“Phil­adelphi­ans have a unique op­por­tun­ity to build a true 21st-cen­tury city that ex­pands our middle class and fi­nally provides the world-class pub­lic edu­ca­tion our chil­dren de­serve,” he said. “That is why I’ve as­sembled a top-flight team of cam­paign pro­fes­sion­als to help me lead a ser­i­ous con­ver­sa­tion with the people of Phil­adelphia about our fu­ture.”

The team con­sists of Jane Slusser (polit­ic­al dir­ect­or); Vaughn Ross (fin­ance dir­ect­or); Bill Hy­ers and Jessie Brad­ley (gen­er­al cam­paign con­sult­ing); Anna Green­berg (polling); and Ken Snyder and Ter­rie Pick­er­ill (me­dia).

Hy­ers was named Cam­paign Man­ager of the Year by the Amer­ic­an As­so­ci­ation of Polit­ic­al Con­sult­ants for help­ing Bill de Bla­sio win last year’s New York may­or­al race. In 2007, Hy­ers was cam­paign man­ager and Brad­ley the field dir­ect­or for Mi­chael Nut­ter’s may­or­al cam­paign.

Snyder Pick­er­ill Me­dia Group has worked with former May­or John Street, former Gov. Ed Rendell, con­gres­sion­al can­did­ate Brendan Boyle and lieu­ten­ant gov­ernor can­did­ate Mike Stack.

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The Com­mit­tee of Sev­enty is seek­ing vo­lun­teers to ana­lyze data lead­ing up to Novem­ber’s gov­ernor’s elec­tion and next year’s races for may­or and City Coun­cil.

Par­ti­cipants will take part in a short train­ing ses­sion. They will ex­am­ine polit­ic­al ads and polit­ic­al cov­er­age by me­dia, put­ting in as many or as few hours as they want.

To ap­ply, email fu­tureofte­hcity@sev­enty.org ••

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