Gov.-elect Tom Corbett |

Gov.-elect Tom Corbett

First things being first, our heartiest congratulations to Republican Tom Corbett of Shaler, who defeated Democrat Dan Onorato on Tuesday and will become Pennsylvania’s next governor.

It is heartening to see voters chose this consummate public servant, the sitting state attorney general and former federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh, as the commonwealth’s chief executive. In doing so, they saw through the inanity of Mr. Onorato, Allegheny County’s chief executive, and rejected a third Ed Rendell term. And that would have been a disaster.

Getting elected is hard work, of course. But governing is even harder. Gov.-elect Corbett knows his most difficult work is ahead. He must carefully choose a new administration. The vetting must be the most rigorous in history. Missteps will undermine the mission at hand. Then Corbett must carefully begin to lift his blueprint from paper and develop an action plan that begins on Day One.

But the governor-elect’s most difficult task will be a sobering one — clearing the smoke and smashing the mirrors of a Rendell administration that blew so much smoke and polished so many mirrors in pursuit of bolstering its legacy.

Pennsylvania has been badly damaged over the past eight years. Gov.-elect Corbett, it’s time to begin the repairs.

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