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Wolf to Hold Transition Team to Ethics Pledge

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Mary Wilson
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90.5 WESA

Governor-elect Tom Wolf is imposing an ethics code on the people tasked with shaping his administration.

The code of ethical conduct is a relatively recent pre-requisite for gubernatorial transition teams. Governor Corbett had his 400-person team pledge a similar oath. Franklin & Marshall College pollster Terry Madonna said it's a sign of the times.

"We've been through, as Corbett (came) into office, an incredible amount of public corruption, the most amount of public corruption in state government since the 1970s," Madonna said. "So virtually everyone was on guard, everyone was being very cautious."

Corbett's transition team was still criticized as being overly representative of campaign donors and big industry and lacking voices from the public sector and advocacy groups. A Wolf aide said Tuesday it's not clear when the governor-elect's transition team will be finalized.

The code of ethical conduct shared by Wolf's staff so far has just one signatory: Katie McGinty, the Democrat's incoming chief of staff and director of the statewide coordinated campaign supporting Wolf in the general election.