- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf and Republican Gov. Tom Corbett crossed swords Wednesday over the newly disclosed email chains of pornographic videos and images between employees of the attorney general’s office, with Corbett calling it a “cheap shot” for Wolf to suggest that he bore responsibility.

The subject came up as a question during a debate at KYW-TV and KYW-AM in Philadelphia. Moderator Larry Kane asked whether it was fair for Attorney General Kathleen Kane to have released limited information about the emails.

Neither Corbett nor Wolf gave an opinion on Kane’s decision. She released details about the content of the emails and identified eight former office employees who her office said received or sent them, including four members of Corbett’s administration.

But Wolf used it as an opportunity to suggest that blame rests with Corbett, who was attorney general from 2005 to 2011.

“I think the concern is the culture that would allow something like that to happen,” Wolf told Kane. “I mean, in every organization I’ve headed, the culture starts at the top and if there’s a culture that somehow makes it seem that that kind of thing is permissible, that’s a problem.”

Corbett did not respond directly to that argument during the debate, saying instead that he was disappointed that it happened because his office had rules against it.

“I wish they would have sent me one, wish they would have, because it would have stopped right then and there,” Corbett said.

Asked after the debate about Wolf’s assertion, Corbett called it a “cheap shot.”

“I’m offended that he would say that it starts the top,” Corbett said. “That’s not my culture. Everybody knows that’s not my culture.”

Corbett has requested details on the emails from Kane’s office before determining if the men still employed by his administration should keep their jobs. Kane’s office said that it plans to release more information later this week about the email chains.

Corbett also defended his time as attorney general, and by extension his staff, saying that the office’s work product was overwhelmingly good, resulting in positive reforms to state government. Under Corbett, the attorney general’s office charged more than 20 people connected to the state House of Representatives, including former Speaker John Perzel and former Speaker Bill DeWeese, who were successfully prosecuted.

Corbett said the employees said to be involved were hardworking people. If involved, he said, they “obviously were not thinking at the time what they were doing.”

Wolf said later that he didn’t mean for it to be a cheap shot. But, he reiterated that it is a responsibility of senior management “to set the culture of the organization.”

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