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Corbett Hits Back At Critics

Defends his attempts to privatize PA lottery and briefly addresses Penn State's presidential search.
JOHNSTOWN - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett (R) stopped by Johnstown on Thursday to promote economic initiative grants and tour a rejuvenated factory.

Inside, the message was two-fold as Corbett talked about his economic plans as well as his proposed transportation bill, but outside as he greeted reporters, Corbett addressed his critics.

One of those critics is Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord (D), who has accused and criticized Corbett for spending millions of dollars in his attempt to privatize the Pennsylvania Lottery.

"It's election season folks," said Corbett, referring to McCord's bid to become Pennsylvania Governor. "That's what this is all about."

Corbett's efforts to privatize the PA lottery hit a brick wall when Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane rejected the idea, citing constitutional issues. Corbett insists the money he spent to privatize the lottery was well spent.

"Absolutely," he said. "The legislature is still talking with me about potential legislation to do this but we need to find more ways to increase the resources coming into the lottery."

Corbett was also asked if he knew about the recent announcement suggesting the Penn State Board of Trustees would soon be naming a new President.

As Governor, Corbett is an honorary member of the Penn State Board of Trustees. He said he is not involved in the presidential search.

"The bylaws have been changed andthe Governor is no longer a voting member," he continued. "So I don't have an answer for you on that."
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