Gov. Tom Corbett took the stage at his primary election night headquarters in downtown Pittsburgh Tuesday night to chants of “four more years!” from supporters.
The incumbent governor is considered one of the most vulnerable in the nation, as his public opinion ratings continue to be low, but he was unchallenged in the primary.
“I want to thank all my fellow Republicans for, once again, putting their faith and trust in me,” Corbett said, “and with great respect I humbly accept your nomination for this important office.”
An earlier challenger, Bob Guzzardi, was tossed off the ballot after questions arose about some of his petition signatures. Upon learning Corbett would face Democrat Tom Wolf in November’s general election, Lt. Gov. Tim Cawley invoked the fable of the "Three Little Pigs."
“That big, bad wolf — he’s gonna huff, and he’s gonna puff, and he’s gonna puff, and he’s gonna huff, but there’s no way that he’s going to blow down the house that Tom Corbett has built,” Cawley said.
Corbett said he’ll have a record and facts on his side, and outlined some of his successes.
“We have passed three balanced budgets on time,” Corbett said, “and we haven’t raised taxes. In fact we’ve scaled back the tax burdens on taxpayers. When I look at those facts, I know our campaign has the winning case.”
Still, Corbett acknowledged this election will be a fight.
“When our opponent tries to take us back to the old days of more and more spending and more and more taxes, higher unemployment and more debt we’re going to keep on pushing forward, we’re going to roll on to victory in November,” he said.
Corbett’s campaign will start immediately. On Wednesday he’s slated to appear with Texas Gov. Rick Perry at a campaign event in Washington County.