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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.

Frightwingslayer September 13, 2012 at 06:58 PM
None of those mentioned have a chance..Only Sestak could beat Corbett..Hopefully he;ll run..
Karen September 13, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Nah. Sestak doesn't do it for me as a Democrat. Let's bring back Rendell and replace all the Republicans in Harrisburg.
Karen April 02, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Well, Joe, what I want is government, on all levels, which represents me, not fat cats or special interest groups. I want regulations with teeth in them to control polution in our environment, I want the big boys and girls making $$$ in PA, i.e., the oil companies and their fracking mess to ante up every single dime we can squeeze out of them in taxes. I want some commonsense property law on the books so our elderly aren't forced to sell their homes if they don't want to leave. I want more reps in Harrisburg and DC who aren't more concerned about re-election and party affiliation loyalty than the needs of their constituency. Among other items, what I don't want in Harrisburg or DC are radicals who try to bend the system for political advantage, people who stonewall a good idea, a beneficial good-for-the-public bill or program just because it comes from the opposite party, and I'm especially disgusted by those who have not learned the art of compromise. So, Joe, what are you looking for in government and your candidates or are you just part of the loyal political machine and let others do the thinking for you?
Karen April 02, 2013 at 04:21 PM
If you consider aggressive regulating of harmful and toxic pollutants or radioactive emissions, etc., "excessive" , you are part of the problem in Pennsylvania and the US. What value do you put on the health and lives of our children and future generations? The greedy corporations will/would pass along the costs as is the norm but I would rather pay more than suffer the harm to our families and the environment. $$ vs lives. You choose. Frankly, Corbett and company mishandled the oil companies intrusion into our state. Do you realize we are the ONLY state not taxing them in the same manner as other states? Go do your homework and then come back to discussion. The Republicans exposed our residents without extracting one pound of flesh from the oil industry. Yeah, they got it done, didn't they? Go watch Gasland. Become familiar with tap water exploding into flame. Learn about illnesses which allegedly occur in folks around fracking areas. See the impact on the local environment. Find out the details of this "biggest growth industry" in PA by learning about it before you praise the industry. http://www.gaslandthemovie.com/ The privatization of the state stores equals the loss of 5,000 living wage jobs. Let's see if the Republcans have a plan to put each and every one of those workers into similar paying jobs. Ain't gonna happen, Joe. Again, the little guy got screwed. What a way to "get things done". I've run out of characters. To be continued.
Karen April 02, 2013 at 04:40 PM
How about that Republican attempt to change our voter ID laws in short time? Nice job, Joe? For the whole world to see Turzai proclaimed the idea to be a Republican advantage to insure a Romney win: http://youtu.be/EuOT1bRYdK8 Thank God that didn't happen. The 47% won and the Republicans got smacked down on that one. http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/02/politics/pennsylvania-voter-id Oh, and what a great move it was to gerrymander so many districts in PA to bolster and, apparently, the only way to retain Republican control. Great manipulation, right, Joe? Benefits the citizens to keep certain people in office, right? Another area where teeth are needed to existing law. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/09/1159516/-the-absurdity-of-gerrymandering Rather than espouse the increasingly radical Republican party line again, why not answer my question with YOUR words and thoughts? "So, Joe, what are you looking for in government and your candidates or are you just part of the loyal political machine and let others do the thinking for you?"
Karen April 02, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Guess I struck some radical Republican nerves with the truth in these exchanges, Phillyboy. I'm sorry for the loss of your Tea Party virginity. Wait. No, I'm not. I hope I made you climb out of the box you've been in and actually made you think for once. Refreshing, isn't it? Oh, and you're welcome! :)
Karen April 02, 2013 at 07:41 PM
Phillyboy, I don't have a ghostwriter, I don't plagarize, and I don't channel thoughts from others, dead or alive. Guess those thoughts are mine after all. I have no clue who Justin Simmons is and don't care to find out. He's not my rep.
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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