New Wolf ad in gov race focuses on business success

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf has released his second web ad of the campaign. Like the first spot, it focuses on his leadership of the family company, which comes across as a workers’ paradise.

A series of employees testifies to the benevolence of The Wolf Organization, a building products company in York. There is profit sharing, with 20 to 30 percent of profits going to the workers. Tom Wolf is fair, another says, he treats everybody as the most important person in the company, and his prime directive is to “do the right thing.” And Wolf himself makes the connection to governance: “The challenge of leadership is to get a lot of people to take ownership of a process.”

 The remarkable turnaround of Wolf's company will be a crucial theme of his campaign. Wolf had sold the company to investors and then, when it got into trouble during the recession, purchased it back and turned it around. It is now profitable and employs 240 people.

Wolf, who was state revenue secretary under former Gov. Ed Rendell (D), is among a sizable crowd of Democrats vying for the nomination to challenge Gov. Corbett in 2014. Among them: U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, state Treasurer Rob McCord and former environmental protection secretary Kate McGinty and John Hanger.