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Pa. Democrats Seek Corbett Challenger for 2014

Democrats want to avoid a primary battle in 2014 and are looking for the best candidate to opposed Gov. Tom Corbett when he runs for re-election

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

Pennsylvania Democrats at last week's national convention said there is not a clear-cut favorite to challenge sitting Gov. Tom Corbett in 2014.

Still, with Corbett’s approval rating in the mid-30s on most polls, Democrats said they are confident they can break a 60-year trend in which one party and then the other has controlled the governor’s mansion for eight years at a time.

Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro said the Democrats had a deep bench of candidates, who could make a case for replacing Corbett.

“Whoever takes on Tom Corbett is certainly going to have their hands full, but will certainly have a lot of wind at their backs,” Shapiro said, though he declined to offer a personal favorite.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, son of former Gov. Bob Casey, is mentioned frequently as a future gubernatorial nominee, but many Democratic delegates gathered here said they did not believe Casey was interested in running in two years.

Casey has brushed off questions repeatedly about whether he would run for governor someday, and he is seeking re-election for another six-year term in the U.S. Senate.

State Treasurer Rob McCord is among the names batted around by delegates, and Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski was mentioned by more than one delegate as a potential dark horse candidate who might not be known statewide.

McCord is running this year for a second, four-year term as state treasurer against Republican candidate Diana Irey Vaughan. Pawlowski’s second term as mayor of Allentown will end in January 2014.

Regardless of who becomes the Democratic nominee, Jim Burn, chairman of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, said Thursday that party leaders would like to avoid a contested primary.

“We have an obligation to vet this before the primary,” he said. “There are a lot of conversations currently taking place.”

In 2010, a four-way primary that forced eventual nominee Dan Onorato to expend resources early in the campaign was a factor in Onorato’s 9 point loss to Corbett, Burn said.

Karen April 02, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Wow. Great minds DO think alike! :)
Karen April 02, 2013 at 08:31 PM
You've employed a well-known and over-used Republican tactic. When logic and fact do not advance a debate or discussion it's common to use insults, wild rhetoric, and defamatory remarks to distract from the issue at hand. Joe aka Phillyboy, you and your alter add nothing to the discussion which began as a critique of candidates for Governor and been successfully denigrated to ridiculous one line zingers. Congratulations! What a waste of my time.
Wallst April 03, 2013 at 05:32 PM
There goes Phillyboy again with his imaginary mind. LOL!
Wallst April 03, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Conservatives don't have a "mind".
Wallst April 03, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Karen, don't even bother with these two uneducated conservative dolts. They're a waste of time.

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