Past gov spokesmen offer spin on Corbett’s woes

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — 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.

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