Corbett is vulnerable in the primary to an unknown because he is vulnerable in the general.
Only 42 percent were ready to support him in the GOP primary with 23 percent for Guzzardi, who very few even know about.
Maybe an outsider like Guzzardi could take on a career politician like Schwartz, especially in our economic doldrums that could worsen as the year goes on.
In another post in this thread I noted how many Penn State fans have a big beef with Corbett that helped elect Kathleen Kane two years ago.
I think that beef is a big reason Corbett’s re-elect numbers are low in the polls, rendering him virtually unelectable anyway.
Corbett got 54% in 2010 (running 3% ahead of Pat Toomey), and he also won a majority (as AG) in 2004 and 2008. I’ll take him over a nobody like Guzzardi, irrespective of what recent polls (that oversample Democrats) say; it is way too early to call someone who won big four years ago as “unelectable.” The fact that Guzzardi is an “outsider” does not mean that he won’t suck as a candidate (and the fact that he’s never run in an election before, and has a résumé that would be fine for a state senate candidate but underwhelming for a gubernatorial candidate, makes me think that’s probably the case). But if Guzzardi somehow earns the nomination, all conservatives and Republicans should support him, and I hope I’m wrong about his viability in the general.
BTW, filing doesn’t close until March 11, so if Corbett is toast as you claim there’s still time to recruit a top-tier candidate to hold the governorship. Congressman Jim Gerlach (who is retiring) comes immediately to mind, as do Congressmen Mike Kelly and Mike Fitzpatrick. Heck, give Lynn Swann another chance. But a nearly 70-year-old political neophyte without a particularly compelling story to tell does not sound promising.
And as for the morons who voted for Kane for AG over Republican David Freed due to some parochial issue, I hope that they’re happy with Kane joining the suit to overturn PA’s law that limits marriage to one man and one woman, and building her résumé for a 2016 run against Senator Pat Toomey. Conservatives who voted for a liberal like Kane over the GOP AG nominee Freed were idiots; they had the chance to nominate someone more to their liking in the primary, but didn’t even run anyone else, and once the primary was over, they weren’t going to get Ed Meese as AG, they were going to get either Freed or Kane, and Kane was by far the more liberal of the two.