Tuesday, January 13, 2009

And Their Off- First Governor Horse Out Of The Gate

A former revenue secretary for Pennsylvania announced his bid for governor to succeed Ed "Fast Deal'em" Rendell. According to an article in the Post-Gazette Tom Wolf who made a fortune in the family supply business filed the official papers to raise money in his quest for governor.

"His personal wealth could allow him to be one of his own biggest donors. That capability could invest his campaign with instant credibility despite Mr. Wolf's modest name recognition and relatively short public resume. The York businessman is better known within state political circles as a regular contributor to the campaigns of state Democrats. Mr. Rendell appointed Mr. Wolf revenue secretary in 2007, a post he resigned in November in anticipation of a run for office."

"...Mr. Wolf's potential rivals include Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato, Auditor General Jack Wagner, Lehigh County Executive Don Cunningham, and another wealthy businessman, Tom Knox of Philadelphia.

Among the Republicans mentioned as possible contenders to replace Mr. Rendell, who is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term, are Attorney General Tom Corbett; Pat Meehan, the former U.S. attorney for the state's Eastern District; U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach; and Pat Toomey, a former congressman who just missed in a bid to wrest the GOP Senate nomination from Sen. Arlen Specter in 2004."

Joseph Scarnati, a Republican Senator, was sworn in as the 31st Lieutenant Governor following the untimely death of Katherine Baker Knoll. It is the first time in Pennsylvania history that the lieutenant governor serves with a governor of the opposing party. It has been reported that Karen Beyer is eyeing a run at that spot. She would join a list that now includes state Rep. Mike Turzai and Sen. John Pippy, both of suburban Pittsburgh, and current Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor.

Don't be surprised if you see a local well known office holder enter that race.

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