Al Gore lends support to Katie McGinty in Dem gov primary

Former Vice President Al Gore has endorsed Katie McGinty’s campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor of Pennsylvania.

Gore, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is the most prominent Democrat to make an endorsement in the primary race to this point. The endorsement is eye-catching, though not out of the blue: McGinty was an aide to Gore in the Senate and, later, the White House.

McGinty served in the Clinton/Gore administration as Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and before that advised then-Senator Gore on climate and environmental issues. She also was an adviser to Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign.

"I strongly endorse Katie McGinty for governor," Gore said in a statement. "She shares my belief that we can build a better country and improve the lives of hard-working families. Katie has always viewed environmental challenges as economic opportunities. She knows how to create jobs—while protecting the environment. And she has the intellect, leadership skills, and optimistic, can-do attitude to build a better and more prosperous Pennsylvania.”

Former Gov. Ed Rendell (D) appointed McGinty to be secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection in 2003. Gore said there was a big jump in clean energy industries in the state during her tenure there.

"Katie has always believed that we can create jobs and economic growth, while protecting our environment. And she has the record to prove it," he said.