Corbett says some lawmakers hold grudge for investigations as Atty. Gen.

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Jul 11, 2014 2:00 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A day after rejecting about $65 million in money earmarked for the state Legislature, Governor Corbett says some lawmakers are holding a grudge against him. Corbett, vying for re-election, points to investigations he launched as state Attorney General.

As AG, Corbett’s office prosecuted a case against former House Speaker John Perzel, along with nine other Republican lawmakers and staffers, for using state computers for campaign purposes as well as the Bonusgate investigation of House Democrats.

Since then, Corbett, a Republican himself, says some lawmakers haven't been able to forgive him.

"When I ran as Attorney General, I said we were going to clean up Harrisburg. And as you know, we did a great investigation, the men and women of the Attorney General's office, into the Legislature. And I don't some of them have ever forgotten or forgiven that effort on our part," says Corbett.

Speaking on Radio Pennsylvania's "Ask the Governor" program, Corbett says the issue has followed him around.

"Oh, I've always thought that. I've always thought that. But, you know, I just have to deal with it, I understand that."

Corbett's comments come during a week when House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, a fellow Republican, accused him of playing politics with the budget. Corbett declined to respond to the charge on "Ask the Governor", maintaining the vetoes are about fiscal discipline.

The governor previously said he wouldn't deal with the budget unless an overhaul of public employee pensions landed on his desk, but not enough G-O-P lawmakers support the proposals to get it through both the House and Senate.

Democrats are nearly unanimously opposed to changes to the state pension system.

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