Candidates and elected officials from the Republican Party in Erie County gathered for the Annual GOP Spring Dinner. Even Governor Tom Corbett was there.
We had a chance to talk to the governor before things got started, to get his reaction to the news of GE Transportation plans to move jobs out of Pennsylvania.
"I certainly hope that they don't," said Gov. Corbett. "Obviously they make business decisions. I do know that from reading the paper and getting reports back to Harrisburg that the union and GE are talking, and I hope those talks are fruitful."
Governor Corbett's republican advocates at the dinner say there is plenty of support for the governor in their party. And they say if anyone can help keep jobs in the state, it's him.
"The labor movement started here, we're not going to change, but we do have a governor who I think understands the big picture," said Verel Salmon, Erie County Republican Party Chairman. "We've got a hard-working governor that's very committed to jobs in Pennsylvania."
Governor Corbett says he can't speculate if the unions played a role in this decisions, or if being a Right to Work State would make a difference, but he did say this.
"I do think we're trying to make an environment that makes it more competitive here, so hopefully GE will reconsider their decision."
Officials from GE Transportation say they remain committed to Erie.