"He was basically saying, 'Hi,' " Clarke said. "This is the first time that any nominee has come and sat in with members of Council."
Asked what he said to the lawmakers, Wolf said, "Just that I really hope I can get their support and that we can work together and make Pennsylvania the great state it can be."
He said they were supportive.
James Browning, regional director for the watchdog group Common Cause, said that the meeting raises questions about "using government resources and government time for politicking and electioneering."
"Those kinds of endorsements need to be sought and given not in City Hall, not while people are doing their official duties," he said. "It's clearly not in their job description, it's partisan, it's political, and they shouldn't do it at City Hall."
Wolf campaign spokesman Mark Nicastre said that Wolf "did not say anything about the campaign or Governor Corbett."
"It was an introductory, bipartisan meeting, where Tom was introduced to some of the members of the council," Nicastre wrote in an email. "They talked broadly about the key issues facing Pennsylvania and what needs to be done to make Pennsylvania the great state it can be."
Of the 13 Council members in Jones' photo, all were Democrats except Republican Denny O'Brien.
The Corbett campaign yesterday pounced on the episode.
"Someone should remind millionaire Secretary Tom Wolf that the days of shady backroom deals are over," Corbett campaign manager Mike Barley said in a statement.
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