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Lieutenant governor candidates split on whether Gov. Wolf should release Stack report

| Tuesday, March 27, 2018, 4:27 p.m.
Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor may live a residence with Victorian-inspired landscaping in Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County, about 23 miles from the state capitol.
Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor may live a residence with Victorian-inspired landscaping in Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County, about 23 miles from the state capitol.

Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor disagreed in a debate Monday whether Gov. Tom Wolf should publicly release an investigative report on Lt. Gov. Mike Stack's mistreatment of state workers.

Stack, also a candidate for lieutenant governor, did not attend the debate near Harrisburg. He was presiding over the state Senate, one of the lieutenant governor's chief responsibilities.

Wolf ordered an investigation and stripped Stack of his police protective detail last year after Stack admitted to verbally mistreating state workers at the lieutenant governor's mansion at Fort Indiantown Gap. Wolf has declined to publicly release the Office of Inspector General report on the investigation, citing personal information about Stack's wife, Tonya.

Stack is facing Braddock Mayor John Fetterman, former Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Nina Ahmad, Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone and Montgomery County businessman Ray Sosa in the May 15 primary.

In Monday's televised debate, Ahmad and Sosa said the report should be made public, according to a PennLive report . Fetterman and Cozzone said they trusted Wolf's judgment in deciding not to release the report.

The candidates also had different takes on whether Pennsylvania should change its process for electing lieutenant governors. A bill that unanimously passed the state Senate last week would let gubernatorial candidates pick their running mates instead of having voters choose nominees in party primaries.

Fetterman and Cozzone said they support allowing governors to choose their own running mates, while Ahmad and Sosa said they support the current system.

Lancaster County Commissioner Craig Lehman and Murrysville's Aryanna Berringer, who founded a nutritional nonprofit, recently dropped out of the race.

Wes Venteicher is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-380-5676, wventeicher@tribweb.com or via Twitter @wesventeicher.

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