It’s been 20 days since Governor Wolf vetoed Corbett’s fifth budget and a real budget will have to wait another day while Pennsylvania House Republicans hit the links for a $1,000 a head – and $5,000 a hole sponsor – golf fundraiser.
Turns out, there is a golf fundraiser at the country club in York for the House Republican Campaign Committee. The HRCC is essentially the political arm of the House Republicans, and the one whose mission it is to grow the GOP’s already-commanding majority in the chamber.
Steve Miskin, spokesman for the House Republicans, said he didn’t know how many legislators in his caucus were planning on attending the fundraiser, which starts with a continental breakfast at 8 a.m. and ends with a lunch and awards ceremony after the round is completed. (Ticket price: $1,000 for individuals, $5,000 for a “hole sponsorship,” which covers a foursome and food).
Asked whether holding a golf fundraiser in the middle of a budget impasse was a good public-relations move, Miskin responded that it was planned months ago, before Wolf vetoed the entire GOP-backed budget, leaving state government in a partial shutdown – with no end in sight.
“We passed a budget that kept government going, whether Tom Wolf liked it or not,” said Miskin. “He didn’t need to do a total [veto]. This was his choice.”