The new frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for governor in Pennsylvania had a big weekend.
Tom Wolf, a York County businessman who leads the race in the most recent polls, picked up endorsements from 17 elected officials and 24 local party officials in the Pittsburgh region.
Among those endorsing Wolf are U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, of Pittsburgh, D-14th Dist.; Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald; Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto; and Allegheny County Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Mills.
Wolf, a former state revenue department secretary, said in a statement that he is humbled to have the support, and “I am thrilled to join with them to fight for a fresh start for Pennsylvania.
“These great leaders are working together to rebuild western Pennsylvania’s economy and strengthen the middle class. Their vision and efforts to revitalize Pittsburgh and Allegheny County is exactly the model I will follow as governor, and with them, I know we can be successful,” he said.
The western Pennsylvania support is considered important for a candidate with roots in eastern Pennsylvania.
The winner of the May 20 primary will face Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in the Nov. 4 election.
– John Guerriero