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Corbett, Wolf campaign in Pittsburgh

Published by James O'Toole on .

After the groundbreaking ceremony for Consol Energy's new Marcellus shale extraction site at Pittsburgh International Airport,  Gov. Tom Corbett, center, talks with U.S, Rep. Tim Murphy.After the groundbreaking ceremony for Consol Energy's new Marcellus shale extraction site at Pittsburgh International Airport, Gov. Tom Corbett, center, talks with U.S, Rep. Tim Murphy. Larry Roberts / Post-Gazette


The candidates for governor had dueling appearances in Pittsburgh Monday although partisanship seemed to take a back seat to celebration in both cases.

 Gov. Tom Corbett was at the Pittsburgh International with county Executive Rich Fitzgerald heralding the Consol Energy's big drilling lease on the airport property.

Democrat Tom Wolf stopped by the Roberto Clemente museum to accept an endorsement and a number 21 cap from Roberto Clemente Jr.

Encouragement of the Marcellus shale gas drilling has been central to the policies of both Mr. Corbett and Mr. Fitzgerald.  Mr. Corbett differs from Mr. Wolf on how the gas development should be taxed, but  the Republican  didn't touch on that issue, as he lauded the boost to the county from the two decades of royalty payments the county and the airport can anticipate from the drilling on the site.

Across town, Mr. Wolf stayed positive as well as he appeared with Robert Clemente Jr. _  who won't vote for the Democrat, but encouraged others to.

Mr. Clemente lauded Mr. Wolf's business background in urging a vote for the Democrat.  He called Pittsburgh his second home as he stood among the photographs and memorabilia of the figure who would have been 80 on Aug. 18.

Mr. Clemente cited his competing ties to Puerto Rico, and his current home, Houston, Texas in explaining why he wouldn't be able to mark a ballot for his choice in the Pennsylvania governor's race.

 

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