First Allyson Schwartz, then Tom Wolf, were the chief targets for Republican Party brickbats among the Democratic candidates for governor. Treasurer Rob McCord got his turn Friday as the GOP jumped on his explanation of his former trade group's role in promoting the outsourcing of technology jobs.
Mr. McCord was the head of the Eastern Technology Council from 1996 to 2007, before running for treasurer. In an interview with the editorial board of PennLive and the Harrisburg Patriot last week, he described the group's work guiding its membership on outsourcing as mainly a function of the Y2K crisis, the wave of software recoding that was designed to ward off the feared effects of the computer world's response to the new century's clock.
The Inquirer's Thomas Fitzgerald pointed out, however, that the council conducted informational programs on outsourcing as late as 2007, years after the Y2K scare was history.
The GOP jumped on that, contending that it was showed "hypocrisy'' in light of the fact that McCord has successfully courted the support of many labor unions across the state.
"Pennsylvanians have to wonder if Rob McCord brought up his history of helping to send American jobs overseas while seeking union endorsements. No wonder the Pennsylvania Democratic Party rejected these gubernatorial candidates,'' the GOP said in a press release.
The notion that the Democratic Party had "rejected'' these candidates was the GOP's tendentious interpretation of a vote at the last state committee meeting in which no candidate succeeded in passing the threshhold of a two-thirds majority needed for the organization's official endorsement. McCord, however, got the lion's share of the committee's support there, collecting roughly half of the votes cast.
Since we shot a few of the GOP's bullets here, we'll cite the return volley from Mark Nevins, McCord's campaign spokesman:
"After watching Pennsylvania drop from 7th in the country in job growth to 47th, it's hard to take a lecture from Team Corbett on jobs. The fact is, Rob has received more union support than any other candidate in the Democratic primary and, as a business leader, he helped invest in start-up companies that created more than 2,000 jobs in Pennsylvania. He is opposed to outsourcing and will continue to fight for jobs in Pennsylvania as governor."