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Update: Two top Corbett aides jump ship

Written by Mary Wilson, Capitol Bureau Chief | Jul 17, 2013 1:58 PM
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Updated 3:40 p.m. with information from the governor's office:

Governor Corbett's staff is undergoing another shake-up.

His chief of staff, Steve Aichele is on the way out.

The change, first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer, comes just over a year after Aichele was hired for the job in a move some said was an attempt to help Corbett right a sinking ship. But the governor still faces persistently low poll ratings and is fresh off an all-around failure to secure his top legislative priorities.

"When you end up with three chiefs of staff in three years, you're looking at an administration in search of a way to deliver its message and to deliver its policy agenda," said Franklin & Marshall College political science professor Terry Madonna.

The governor's office confirmed Wednesday afternoon that longtime GOP political operative and fundraiser Leslie Gromis Baker is likely to take Aichele's place. Also leaving is the governor's legislative director, Chris Carusone. One of Carusone's deputies, Andrew Ritter, will move into the role of acting secretary of legislative affairs. 

Aichele's wife, Department of State Secretary Carol Aichele, will stay in her post, according to the agency's spokesman.

Corbett's cabinet has also seen a great deal of turnover in the past two years, with five agency secretaries resigning their posts.

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