Tom Corbett, a former U.S. Attorney and Assistant U.S. Attorney, will be sworn in as Pennsylvania’s new governor today, the Scranton Times Tribune reported.
Corbett, a Republican, served as the Pittsburgh U.S. Attorney from 1989 to 1993. He also was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Pennsylvania during the Ronald Reagan administration, specializing in the prosecution of organized crime and drug cases and serving as a member of the President’s National Drug Task Force. Most recently he served as the state’s Attorney General.
In November, Corbett defeated Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato in the race to succeed outgoing Gov. Ed Rendell (D).
Four former U.S. Attorneys became the Republican party nominees for their respective bids for Congress and the governor’s race while one ex-prosecutor fell short in her congressional bid.
In Arkansas, former Eastern District U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin earned 62 percent of the vote while restaurant owner Scott Wallace won 38 percent, according to the Arkansas Secretary of State. Griffin, a former Bush administration official who was a key figure in the 2006 U.S. Attorney firings scandal, will face state Sen. Joyce Elliott, who won the Democratic primary Tuesday, in the November general election. They are seeking to replace Democratic Rep. Vic Snyder in Arkansas’ 2nd District. Snyder dropped his re-election bid in January, citing family concerns.
Three former U.S. Attorneys in Pennsylvania won primaries on Tuesday, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State.
Tom Corbett, who was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania by President George H.W. Bush in 1989 and served until 1993, earned 69 percent of the vote against state Rep. Sam Rohrer, who garnered won 31 percent. Corbett will face Allegheny County executive Dan Onorato, the Democratic primary winner, in the general election to replace current Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D), who is term limited.
Pat Meehan, who led the Eastern District of Pennsylvania U.S. Attorney’s Office from 2001 to 2008, was unopposed in the Republican primary. He will face state Rep. Bryan Lentz who also ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Both candidates are hoping to replace Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak, who successfully challenged Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.
Tom Marino, the former U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania from 2002 to October 2007, also won a Republican primary Tuesday with 41 percent of the vote. Chiropractor and 2006 state Senate candidate David Madeira garnered 31 of the vote while Snyder County Commissioner Malcolm Derk received 28 percent. Marino will face incumbent Rep. Chris Carney (D), who was unopposed in the Democratic primary.
One former U.S. Attorney lost her primary bid Tuesday. Mary Beth Buchanan, who served as the Western District of Pennsylvania U.S. Attorney from 2001 until November 2009, earned 33 percent of the vote, but former Department of Homeland Security official Keith Rothfus won 67 percent. Rothfus will face incumbent Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) who was unopposed in the Democratic primary.
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Four former U.S. Attorneys have filed to run for office in Pennsylvania. Tuesday marked the deadline for major party candidates to file with the Pennsylvania Secretary of State’s office. The primary elections to decide who will run in the November general elections will take place May 18.
Tom Corbett, who was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania by President George H.W. Bush in 1989 and served until 1993, is one of two candidates vying for the Republican nomination for governor. Current Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) is term limited.
Corbett, who is the current state attorney general, will face state Rep. Sam Rohrer in the Republican primary. On the other side of the political aisle, four candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination: Montgomery County Commissioner and former U.S. Rep. Joe Hoeffel, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, state auditor general and former state Sen. Jack Wagner and state Sen. Anthony Williams.
Several former U.S. Attorneys are running for Congress in Pennsylvania:
Mary Beth Buchanan, who served as the Western District of Pennsylvania U.S. Attorney from 2001 until November 2009, is one of two candidates seeking the Republican nomination in the 4th Congressional District. She will face former Department of Homeland Security official Keith Rothfus in the Republican primary. Both candidates hope to challenge Democratic Rep. Jason Altmire, who is unopposed in the Democratic primary.
In the 7th Congressional District, Pat Meehan, who led the Eastern District of Pennsylvania U.S. Attorney’s Office from 2001 to 2008, is running unopposed in the Republican primary. Three Democrats — attorney Gail Conner, state Rep. Bryan Lentz and political consultant E. Teresa Touey – are looking to win their party’s nomination. The candidates hope to replace Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak, who is challenging Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary.
Finally, Tom Marino, who was the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania from 2002 to October 2007, is one of three Republicans looking to unseat Rep. Chris Carney (D), who is unopposed in the Democratic primary. The other two Republicans seeking the nomination are chiropractor and 2006 state Senate candidate David Madeira and Snyder County Commissioner Malcolm Derk.
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Former U.S. Attorney Patrick Meehan’s (R) expected bid for the seat in Pennslvania’s 7th congressional district just got a little easier.
Businessman Steven Welch, who was thought to be Meehan’s competition in the Republican primary, announced he is switching races. A blog called Pa2010.comreported that Welch instead will run for the 6th congressional district seat currently held by Rep. Jim Gerlach (R), who is running for governor. Welch yielded to pressure from Republican leaders to step aside for Meehan, who is thought be a more viable candidate, the blog said.
The 7th district seat’s current occupant, Rep. Joe Sestak (D), is challenging party-switching Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary.
Meehan, Philadelphia’s top federal prosecutor from 2001 to 2008, previously dropped plans to run for governor. But another former U.S. Attorney is now stepping into that race.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett is scheduled to announce his candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor tonight, The Associated Press reported. Corbett was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania by President George H.W. Bush in 1989. He served until 1993. Gov. Tom Ridge (R) named Corbett, a long-time advisor, to complete the term of Pennsylvania Attorney General Ernie Preate in 1995. Preate was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to mail fraud in connection with illegal campaign contributions from video-poker operators.
Possible Democratic candidates include businessman Tom Knox, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and state Auditor General Jack Wagner. Current Gov. Ed Rendell (D) is term-limited and can’t run for re-election.