Campaign '14
By John Guerriero, Kevin Flowers Erie Times-News staff bloggers
John Guerriero and Kevin Flowers have joined forces for Campaign ’14, a blog about the 2014 races for governor and U.S. House, among others. And you'll read about President Barack Obama, Congress and what's going on in Harrisburg. Check it out and you’ll be a lot more informed before voting in the May 21 primary and the Nov. 5 election.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts tagged ‘Ed Rendell’
Posted: September 13th, 2013

Former  Gov. Ed Rendell cleared up any ambiguity about who he might be endorsing in the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary: No one.

Ed Rendell/ETN file photo

Ed Rendell/ETN file photo

Rendell held a news conference and issued a news release to say he’s staying neutral.

Rendell said in a statement that speculation appeared to arise because he will be the co-chairman Monday of a fundraiser for Emily’s List, a national group dedicated to electing more women to political office.

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, of Philadelphia, has been endorsed by Emily’s List and will speak at the event, Rendell said.

The money raised at the event does not go to the Schwartz campaign, but will be used to elect women candidates nationwide, he said.

Rendell said he has a high regard for Schwartz, as well as what he called the other five candidates in the race: Katie McGinty and John Hanger, former secretaries of the state Department of Environmental Protection; former state revenue secretary Tom  Wolf; Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski; and state Treasurer Rob McCord.

McGinty, Hanger and Wolf all served in Rendell’s administration, and the former governor said that choosing one of them “would be like asking a father to pick his favorite of three children.”

Rendell said that McCord and Pawlowski – who brings his campaign to Erie today — also would make “good candidates and fine governors.”

Rendell didn’t mention at least two other candidates in the race, Max Myers and Jo Ellen Litz.

The winner will advance and face Gov. Tom Corbett in the November 2014 election.

– John Guerriero


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Posted: April 2nd, 2013

Add another Democrat to the list of candidates who want to take on Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

Tom  Wolf, previously mentioned as a potential candidate in 2014, today declared his candidacy in an e-mail to supporters.

Tom Wolf/2008 file, AP

Tom Wolf/2008 file, AP

The York County businessman and former state revenue secretary called for an end to Corbett policies that he said have pinched the middle class.

“I  believe we can do so much better. So today we begin a journey together to reclaim fairness for the middle class. Let’s engage in a great debate over policy, values, fairness and our future,” he said in a statement.

Former Gov. Ed Rendell appointed Wolf as revenue secretary in 2007, and he served in that job until November 2008.

– John Guerriero

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Posted: November 14th, 2012

Political pundits Terry Madonna and Michael Young are already handicapping the field for the 2014 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election.

Gov. Tom Corbett/ETN file photo

Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to seek re-election. But Democrats smell blood in the water based on his job polling numbers, and the Nov. 6 Democratic victories in the state highlighted by President Barack Obama’s second-term win and U.S. Sen Bob Casey’s re-election.

Their column can be found here.

Madonna and Young say it’s even possible that Corbett could face a challenge in the GOP primary.

They say the field of potential Democratic candidates includes Ed Rendell (again, though he says no), state Treasurer Rob McCord, Attorney General-elect Kathleen Kane, former Congressman Joe Sestak, Casey, and Josh Shapiro, current chairman of the Montgomery County commissioners.

Sounds like 2014 could be interesting.

– John Guerriero


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