Senator joins Democratic race for lieutenant governor
By The Associated Press
Published: Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, 1:27 p.m.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Philadelphia state senator who for months toyed with the idea of running for Pennsylvania governor in 2014 said Thursday he will seek the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor instead.
Even as Sen. Mike Stack announced his change in plans, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, the Philadelphia City Democratic Committee chairman who had supported Stack's gubernatorial ambitions, endorsed U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz in what could be an eight-way primary race for governor.
“Allyson is smart, tough and principled. I am proud to strongly support her,” Brady said.
Stack campaign spokesman Ken Snyder said the senator opted not to run for governor because it would be difficult to raise enough money to be competitive and because so many of the candidates share his political views.
“It would have been challenging in that field in terms of money, especially when the distinctions on the issues don't really exist,” Snyder said.
While the candidates generally do not have to begin reporting on their campaign finances until January, Schwartz funneled more than $3 million from her previous campaign committees into her gubernatorial campaign. York businessman Tom Wolf, a former state revenue secretary, has vowed to sink at least $10 million of his own money into his primary campaign.
March 11 is the last day for candidates to file nominating petitions to get on the May 20 primary ballot.
At least three other Democrats have said they intend to run for lieutenant governor: former U.S. Rep. Mark Critz, Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski and Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith.
Candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run separately in the primary and the winners are joined on party tickets for the general election.
Other Democratic gubernatorial candidates are state Treasurer Rob McCord, former state environmental protection secretaries John Hanger and Katie McGinty, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz and Pentecostal minister Max Myers.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.