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Former Democratic Governor Bucks Party’s Criticism Of Corbett Budget

FILE: Tom Corbett (credit: AP)

FILE: Tom Corbett (credit: AP)

(Capitol dome, Harrisburg, Pa.   File photo) Tony Romeo
  Tony Romeo is Harrisburg bureau chief for KYW Newsradio...
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Governor Corbett has endured withering criticism from the opposition party over cuts in the new budget, but one former Democratic governor has nothing but praise for the Republican currently in office.

The Pennsylvania Democratic Party has flooded reporters with e-mails attacking Governor Corbett at every turn. And on Thursday, the party used Corbett’s appearance at a retirement home in Hershey to blast him for signing a budget it says hurts senior citizens.

But at that event, former Pennsylvania Governor George Leader, who in his 90’s is an elder statesman of the state Democratic Party, praised Corbett’s budget-balancing efforts, “And I said, ‘I don’t think it’s going to hurt you politically’. I hate to say that as a Democrat to a Republican governor, but I think there are enough people in Pennsylvania who appreciate the fantastic job you did balancing that budget. Some of them are going to vote for you!”

The event was the ceremonial signing of a bill that will assure that seniors who have experienced cost-of-living increases to their Social Security benefits since 2007 will keep state prescription drug benefits.

Reported by Harrisburg Bureau Chief Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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