Corbett cabinet evolving midterm

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Jun 17, 2013 4:00 AM

Terry Madonna

(Lancaster) -- Governor Corbett is in his third year in office and five of his cabinet secretaries have already stepped down for various reasons.

Seeing five or more cabinet officers leave during a governor's first term is not unprecedented. Franklin and Marshall College political scientist Terry Madonna says the question is, 'why are they leaving?'

"The last thing governors want, who face low job performance, are distractions from their agenda, distractions from what it is they're trying to get accomplished," Madonna says. "My own view is that I don't think that's the case at this point. I know of no governor who lost reelection because they replaced a few cabinet officers."

Madonna suggests the departures may actually work in Corbett's favor. He notes many of Corbett’s replacement picks have earned widespread support, and can help build better relationships with stakeholders and legislative leaders.

The most recent departure was Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan, who was asked to resign over an email.

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