We’ve written before about York County Republicans who are fans of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf. You can add one more to the list:
Steve Chronister, a Republican and president of York County’s Board of Commissioners, said he plans to vote for Wolf.
“I love Tom Wolf. I think he’s a great person,” Chronister said in an interview this summer, adding that he doesn’t agree with “a lot of his philosophies, but I do think that he’s a man of integrity and will do the right thing for not just York County, but Pennsylvania.”
Chronister said regardless of your political affiliation, “how could you not want a governor … to come from York County?”
He said he didn’t plan to campaign for Wolf.
Chronister repeated his support for Wolf in recent interviews. Chronister said Wolf hasn’t contributed to any of his campaigns.
Chronister has criticized Republican Gov. Tom Corbett over the years over funding for counties.
(Earlier today, Chronister sent out an open letter to Corbett and Wolf, asking to meet with them to discuss an education plan for the York City School District.)
Chronister said in recent interviews that he reached out to Corbett over the years to discuss general services, education and human services but didn’t hear anything. He said the governor didn’t reach out to him for any events until it was time for campaign events in the past few months.
He also said there’s too much patronage to people who gave Corbett’s campaign money. Chronister said county commissioners who gave to Corbett’s campaign were put on his transition team after the 2010 election.
Here’s the response from Corbett campaign communications director Chris Pack:
“Governor Tom Corbett is honored to have the support of many local leaders from York County, including Congressman Scott Perry, Senator Scott Wagner and respected businessman Tighe King, who are embracing the Governor’s ‘More Jobs, Less Taxes’ agenda over Tom Wolf’s agenda that includes income tax increases on middle class families and businesses.
“Governor Tom Corbett has delivered for York County. Under Governor Tom Corbett’s leadership in establishing a local impact fee, York County has received over $1.2 million dollars to be used for projects such sewage systems, public safety, parks, tax reductions and regional planning. He has also provided tens of millions of dollars directly to York County for child services, behavioral health services, drug and alcohol services and homeless assistance.”
On the income tax issue, Wolf’s campaign has said his progressive income proposal would give tax relief to middle class families, although he hasn’t provided specifics on where the plan would draw the line.