McCord establishes committee for Pa. governor

Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord has created a new political committee that just might give away a pretty big clue about his plans.

“McCord for Governor” is now open for business, according to paperwork filed with the Secretary of State, and obtained by The Inquirer. On the form establishing the committee, McCord states that he is running for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2014. It was signed on Monday.

Of course, it’s always possible for a would-be candidate to change his or her mind, but this is the strongest signal yet that McCord will enter a crowded field of candidates, including fellow Montgomery County resident and U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz; businessman and former state Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf; and Kate McGinty, a former state environmental secretary in the Rendell administration.

It follows a stepped up statewide travel schedule for McCord to a variety of local and county Democratic Party events.

"This new committee is a reflection of the fact that, over the last few months, Rob has heard from voters and community leaders from around the state that they want a change in Harrisburg and he's putting the pieces in place to deliver that change,” adviser Mark Nevins said in a statement.

“The fact is, we can't keep electing professional, career politicians and expect things to be different,” Nevins said. “As a business leader, not a career politician, Rob is uniquely qualified to deliver real results.”

Before he was elected Treasurer in 2008, McCord was a businessman and investor specializing in high-tech firms.