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Belated Happy Birthday non-greetings for guv

Published by Tim McNulty on .

Corbett protested

Protestors plan to have a birthday card waiting for Gov. Tom Corbett when he attends a private fundraiser at a Downtown hotel tonight.

The activist group One Pittsburgh says Corbett will be attending a fundraiser hosted by the CEO of Consol Energy tonight at 6 p.m., whereupon they'll have a birthday reception of their own waiting. It sounds like the kind of greeting organizers gave the Shaler Republican when he accepted an award for supporting the arts from the Pittsburgh Opera back in May 2012. (See photo above.)

The governor turned 64 on June 17.

From One Pittsburgh:

Tom Corbett is having a birthday party and we have many wishes for him. Among other things we wish he would prioritize education funding and clean water over making life easier and more profitable for big energy companies; we wish he would lead on, and complete, a budget that addresses our transportation and infrastructure needs instead of leaving it half done; we wish he would allow federal funding to expand Medicaid covering 700,000 Pennsylvanians and create thousands of jobs in the process. But these are just wishes, and he has no intention of fulfilling them. The people of the Commonwealth are ready to see him go because of his inability to work on behalf of Pennsylvanians.

We couldn't independently confirm the fundraiser or reach the Corbett reelection campaign for comment.

A full statement from the protesters is below:

PITTSBURGH – On Friday, July 12 at 6:00 pm, activists will be outside the Fairmont Hotel, where inside the CEO of Consol Energy, J. Brett Harvey, is hosting a birthday fundraiser for our failed Governor. The activists will be sharing their own birthday wishes for the Governor, while big business and lobbyists who have seen their fortunes grow with this administration will be doing what they do best, throwing money around. Big business has profited long enough from this administration. We think it's time our Governor take a cue from his colleague, Gov. Rick Perry -- whose approval rating is actually a few points higher -- and make the right call; to not seek reelection.

Tom Corbett is having a birthday party and we have many wishes for him. Among other things we wish he would prioritize education funding and clean water over making life easier and more profitable for big energy companies; we wish he would lead on, and complete, a budget that addresses our transportation and infrastructure needs instead of leaving it half done; we wish he would allow federal funding to expand Medicaid covering 700,000 Pennsylvanians and create thousands of jobs in the process. But these are just wishes, and he has no intention of fulfilling them. The people of the Commonwealth are ready to see him go because of his inability to work on behalf of Pennsylvanians.

Republican firm, Harper Polling, on July 8th showed that only 24% of Pennsylvanians think he deserves to be reelected. It should be clear to the Governor that most of his constituents wish for him a happy and quick retirement. Even Texas Governor Rick Perry, was able to understand what the people truly wanted, we wish he'd make the same decision.

Join us Friday, July 12 at 6pm. We will have a larger than life birthday card for the Governor filled with all our wishes for him on his birthday.

WHO: One Pittsburgh, activists, community members and allied organizations

WHAT: Sending the Governor birthday wishes, on a giant birthday card

WHEN: Friday, July 12, 6:00pm

WHERE: Outside the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh

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