From here on out, it's only going to get louder.
Between Tuesday's attempt at Swift-Boating Tom Wolf and an ad released earlier in the day, the campaign team of Gov. Tom Corbett is turning up the heat on Mr. Wolf – and it probably shouldn't be a surprise if that continues during tonight's third and final debate – airing at 7 p.m. on WTAE – between the two candidates.
The discussion about Mr. Wolf's draft record may or may not have been the responsibility of the Corbett campaign – a spokesman said there was no official connection, but a GOP operative at the event said he was there "helping out the governor." But there's no question about the origin of the ad, titled "Learning Curve." That's all Mr. Corbett, with an assist from U.S. Rep Allyson Schwartz.
In the run-up to May's primary election, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ms. Schwartz – who now serves as chairwoman of the "Women for Wolf" group that is bringing Hillary Clinton to Philadelphia to campaign for Mr. Wolf -- spent a lot of time poking at Mr. Wolf about what happened to his company when he retired and then returned. And while the Corbett campaign has asked plenty of questions about Delaware and the corporate taxes paid by the Wolf family's business, it had yet to jump into this area – until Tuesday, when it jumped in with both feet.
There are issues here, all of which were refuted in the primary campaign. The implied connection between Mr. Wolf's contributions and the investment by the Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement System in the fund that bought out Mr. Wolf when he retired doesn't work; the Philadelphia Inquirer points out that PSERS invested in the buyout fund that paid Mr. Wolf and his cousins upon their retirement two years before Mr. Wolf cashed out. And while it's true that PSERS and the other investors haven't recouped their money after the economy tanked – nearly taking the Wolf Organization with it – but neither has Wolf, who told the Inquirer that the investment he made when he bought back the company was substantial enough that he's borrowed money to fund his campaign.
Attacks by Ms. Schwartz and Rob McCord – the state treasurer who also opposed Mr. Wolf for the Democratic nomination – during the primary campaign prompted the Wolf team to release the following ad. And thanks to the latest broadside from Mr. Corbett, we'd bet that it's going to return to a television near you very soon.