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Knox calls for extension of rate caps, but location of press conference questioned

Written by Scott Detrow, StateImpact Pennsylvania Reporter | Dec 9, 2009 9:37 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A candidate for governor wants to extend the commonwealth's electric rate caps by two more years. But, questions about the location of Tom Knox’s press conference drowned out talk of energy policy. When candidate Tom Knox called for extended rate caps and proposed a state power purchasing authority, he did so from the Capitol Media Center, a publicly -funded room meant for "non-political events," according to the Department of General Services website. Knox said he wasn’t there to campaign, but reporters were handed papers with "Knox for Governor" headings. When pressed on the matter, the Democrat said he’d reimburse the state for the room, if anyone objected. "If - if that’s a perceived problem we should pay," he says. Representative Sam Rohrer of Berks County, who’s running in the Republican gubernatorial primary, says the venue was a mistake. "A campaign event should not be run out of this building. I think that’s what this whole investigation is about," he says. A DGS spokesman says it "probably wasn’t appropriate" for Knox to hand out campaign materials in the Media Center, though he notes the room was booked "in accordance with [the department’s] rules."

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