- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf was endorsed Friday by PennLive/The Patriot-News over Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.

“The state needs to get on a different path, one that will produce a widely shared prosperity,” the Harrisburg newspaper said in an editorial posted online Friday. “Pennsylvania needs a leader who will pursue opportunity for all, instead of relying on corporate tax cuts and business favors whose supposed benefits never seem to trickle down. That leader is Tom Wolf.”

The editorial said Corbett, a former state attorney general who become governor in 2011, shared in the blame for the failure to pass two of his signature initiatives - reining in the cost of public pensions and privatizing liquor and wine sales - at a time both houses of the Legislature are controlled by the GOP.

The newspaper, which endorsed Corbett in 2010, said that it was encouraged by Wolf’s support for higher taxes on Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry but that it was disappointed by the lack of specifics in his income tax overhaul plan.

The editorial was published as Wolf kicked off a statewide bus tour in York. More than 200 supporters showed up to cheer the candidate at a rally in downtown Harrisburg, waving his campaign’s blue “Fresh Start” signs at the second stop in a schedule that also included visits to Somerset and Altoona later in the day.

Wolf, a York businessman who has consistently led Corbett in polls, urged his supporters to vote.

“You can sit in your chair and answer the phone … but it’s only what you do on Nov. 4 that counts,” he said. “I need you to get out to the polls.”

Wolf’s tax plan was the focus of two Friday events organized by Corbett’s campaign - a business leaders’ forum near Harrisburg and a similar event in western Pennsylvania for female business owners, which Corbett planned to attend.

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