WASHINGTON, D.C. – ProgressNow announced this morning that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett won the national title of “the most outrageous, radical, out of touch right-winger” of 2014. “The competition was stiff this year,” said the ProgressNow statement. “Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania had tough competition from a strong field, from finalist Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin to radical Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.”
Corbett also won the competition last year. Last year’s competition was the first March Badness competition, which is organized by ProgressNow. ProgressNow is a network of multi-issue, perpetual advocacy organizations in the states. Keystone Progress is the Pennsylvania affiliate of ProgressNow.
“This is further evidence that Corbett doesn’t understand or care about Pennsylvania’s working families,” said Ritchie Tabachnick, chair of the board of Keystone Progress. “Corbett’s outrageous statements and actions made him the clear choice as the nation’s most radical, out of touch politician.”
Corbett won over a field that included some of the nation’s best-known right-wing politicians, including Walker, Cruz, Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN), Gov. Rick Scott (FL), Rep. Darrell Issa (CA), and Texas gubernatorial candidate Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott. PA State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe was also in this year’s contest. After winning the first round, Metcalfe lost to Rep. King in the “Not-So-Sweet Sixteen.”
Voters made their choices using social media. A Facebook “Like,” or Twitter “Tweet” from the page counted as one vote.
Here is Corbett’s winning entry from the www.MarchBadness.org website:
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett
Last year’s March Badness champion, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, has come back with a strong case for back-to-back victories.
Corbett’s attorneys, in a filing to stop Montgomery County from issuing marriage licenses, compared gay marriage to allowing 12-year-olds to get married. After being chastised by equality advocates and editorials across the state, Corbett doubled down, comparing the marriage of same-sex couples to incest.
When asked about his lawyers’ comparison of gay marriage to 12-year-olds, Corbett said, "It was an inappropriate analogy, you know," Corbett said. "I think a much better analogy would have been brother and sister, don't you?"
Unfortunately, Corbett’s words have been matched by his actions. He has consistently opposed marriage equality, supporting court cases and legislation that keep Pennsylvania as the only state in the northeast that does not have same sex marriage or civil unions