We've seen it with Obama, and it looks like we'll be seeing it a lot with Tom Corbett too -- placing blame on their predecessors for government headaches.
On Monday the state's new budget director Charles Zogby put the blame for Pa's budget woes on Ed Rendell, in this Tracie Mauriello story:
The Rendell administration, he said, relied too heavily on one-time revenue sources, transfers from a rainy day fund and "accounting manipulations" that made spending levels appear lower than they actually were.
"The day of reckoning has arrived," he said. "No more reliance on federal stimulus funds, no more gimmicks, no more use of one-time funding sources."
In a telephone interview Monday night, Mr. Rendell made no apologies for tapping into budgetary reserves during tough economic times.
"That's what the rainy day fund is there for," he said.
Yesterday Corbett spokesman Kevin Harley blamed the former guv for the demise of adultBasic, in a story running today in the NYT:
In an interview, Kevin Harley, a spokesman for Governor Corbett, called the program’s closing “unfortunate,” and then quickly blamed Mr. Rendell. He said the former governor had pledged to find $56 million to sustain the plan as part of last year’s deal with the Blues, but never did.
Donna Cooper, who was Mr. Rendell’s secretary of policy and planning, and the senior official in those negotiations, called Mr. Harley’s assertion “just wild.”
“That is patently untrue,” said Ms. Cooper, now a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. “That commitment was never made.”
Mr. Corbett met with the Blue Cross plans, but did not persuade them to make additional contributions. “My understanding is that the Blues were not willing to continue,” Mr. Harley said. “They fulfilled all their obligations under the law.”
It's not all that surprising, as the Corbett camp rode negativity about Rendell right into the governor's mansion last year, and tied opponent Dan Onorato to the gov in a TV ad late in the campaign. (Below)