Corbett taps two former Ridge staffers; appoints communications director, chief of staff
Gov. Tom Corbett may not be changing his message as he shifts into re-election mode, but for the first time in his nearly three-year tenure he's bringing in new messengers.
The Republican has appointed a new chief of staff and a new communications director — both seasoned political operatives who worked for Gov. Tom Ridge. He also plans to name a press secretary in an apparent effort to bolster his relationship with the news media.
The shakeup comes on the heels of a legislative session that failed to yield a single victory among Corbett's top three initiatives — transportation funding, liquor privatization and changes in the public pension system — and polls that show his public support sagging.