Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Another Democrat Enters Race for Governor

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Another Democrat Enters Race for Governor

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Lured by Gov. Tom Corbett's languishing poll numbers, the swelling roster of his rumored or declared challengers has reached double digits.

While supporters argue that the Republican has plenty of time to right his listing political ship before the 2014 election, survey after survey has found him with some of the weakest popularity ratings of any incumbent Pennsylvania governor. The latest Democrat to see a career opportunity in the political data is York County businessman Tom Wolf, who served a stint as revenue secretary in the Rendell administration.

Mr. Wolf accompanied the launch of his bid with a polling memo that depicted him as a competitive candidate in the likely primary field. The pollsters tested his name against seven potential contenders -- and that didn't get them all. The other announced Democrats are John Hanger, a former state secretary of environmental protection, and the Rev. Max Myers, an evangelical minister from Mechanicsburg.

Beyond them is a litany of potential candidates who are expected to make formal entries into the race in the coming months. Prominent among them are Rep. Allyson Schwartz of Montgomery County and state Treasurer Rob McCord. Both are regarded as fundraising heavyweights and both have made clear their interest in the Harrisburg race. Mr. McCord, who is from Montgomery County cruised to re-election as treasurer last November. His groundwork for the governor's race was on display on the South Side last month as he stopped by to mix with the party workers in the midst of a mayoral race.

Ms. Schwartz, who handled candidate recruiting for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in the 2012 election cycle, stepped down from the DCCC earlier this year in anticipation of the run for the Democratic nomination. A former state senator, she has served in Congress since 2005. She ran statewide once before, losing the 2000 Democratic primary for U. …

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