Corbett camp yanks Texas gov’s video endorsement

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s re-election campaign is seeking to distance itself from Rick Perry’s legal troubles.

Campaign manager Mike Barley said Monday that the campaign removed a video endorsement by the Texas governor of Corbett from its website shortly after a grand jury indicted Perry on Friday on two felony counts of abuse of power.

Barley says the Corbett campaign pulled the video because it did not want the indictment to distract from the campaign.

The charges involve Perry’s veto of funding for his state’s public integrity unit. Perry says the charges are examples of government overreach in what amounts to a political dispute.

The video endorsement was shot at a May rally in southwestern Pennsylvania celebrating the natural gas industry. Corbett was joined by Perry, who praised Corbett’s leadership and fiscal responsibility.

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