Dan Onorato signaled Wednesday -- hours before the Tom Corbett Twitter subpoena story broke -- that he was going to fight Corbett for the reform mantle in the governor's race, criticizing Corbett for using his office for political purposes. He did that again today in his first comments on the Twitter matter.
From his campaign:
“When I get attacked – whether on anonymous blogs, in campaign ads or in editorials – I respond on the facts which Corbett has not done in this case. Moreover, while it is fine to note the motivations of a critic, it is not acceptable to attempt to bully them into silence – and that’s what Tom Corbett appears to be doing: petty and abusive bullying of a critic.”
“Part of being an executive is dealing with the criticism that comes with making tough decisions. Running the state's second-largest county, I've balanced the budget and reformed government while the critics and the special interests fought against me. Tom Corbett's lack of real leadership experience is showing when he tries to use our legal system to intimidate those who criticize him.”
“This is another example of Tom Corbett politicizing the Attorney General's office to benefit his campaign -- the same Harrisburg-insider tactics that Pennsylvanians are tired of and that I will end as governor.”
“First, he pandered to the right wing by using our tax dollars in a lawsuit to stop national health care reform, under the pretense of protecting the Constitution. Now he’s going after the First Amendment. The hypocrisy is stunning, and his willingness to misuse his office is disturbing.”