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Political rookies usually don’t win in Pennsylvania politics. But Tom Wolf proved there’s always an exception.
Political analysts Terry Madonna and Michael Young, in their latest “Politically Uncorrected” column, write about how Wolf, the Democratic nominee for governor, was able to easily defeat three other Democrats in Tuesday’s primary.
“Wolf is an amateur politician by any standard and most rookies, running statewide in Pennsylvania, are like the proverbial ‘nice guy.’ They finish last. Except, Wolf never got the memo,” they wrote.
“Instead, he ran a flawless campaign going through the rigors of the contest without a major misstep. The essence of equanimity, Wolf even when attacked, remained unfailingly polite. It is true that he had an impressive campaign team supporting him, a large amount of money available to him, and a well thought-out strategy that served him well,” they said.
“But it’s fair to say that Wolf is a different candidate than usually seen in Pennsylvania. It is far too early to fully evaluate him - but not too early to predict he will continue to surprise,” they wrote.
The authors raise five other points about the Democratic primary, which you can read at http://politics.fandm.edu.
As for the fall campaign against Gov. Tom Corbett, they wrote that Wolf, a businessman and former state Revenue Department secretary, has “impressively passed his first test,” but a greater one could be ahead.
“Tom Corbett may be unpopular, but he has amply demonstrated his intention to wage an aggressive re-election campaign – something he has the resources to do,” they wrote.
“What’s certain is that Pennsylvanians are going to experience an exciting, hard-fought race to select their next governor,” they wrote.
– John Guerriero