State Treasurer Rob McCord so far has been the quiet man in the Democratic race for governor.
Insiders assume he will be running, but, unlike at least six other candidates, McCord hasn’t announced his intentions or even launched an official exploratory effort. But he has been making fundraising calls, just months after winning his second term as treasurer in November 2012.
And, in a sure sign of ambition, McCord has kept to a robust schedule of statewide travel: 20 campaign-style appearances at party events, prominent charity functions and meetings of important Democratic constituencies, between April 9 and May 21.
He’s met with party activists and leaders in Beaver, Fayette, Lancaster counties, spoken to the Lycoming County Democratic Committee and also has spoken to the Sullivan County Democratic Spring Dinner and a similar gathering in Delaware County.
Of course McCord has gone to multiple party dinners and receptions in his home county of Montgomery, also the base for U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, who has announced her candidacy for governor. He also was featured at an awards ceremony hosted by the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital and Technologies. (Before running for treasurer, McCord was a financier of medical and biotech companies.)
Earlier this month, McCord delivered the keynote at the Equality Forum, a global summit on LGBT issues in Philadelphia. He also has spoken to the teacher’s conference of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, in Pittsburgh, and addressed the Pa. Conference of Teamsters annual meeting.
McCord is "concerned about the lack of vision and lack of leadership exhibited by the current administration when it comes to education, jobs, and healthcare," said Mark Nevins, political adviser to the treasurer. "As you can see from his travel he's been actively talking to voters all over the state about how we can do better and he's been getting a very positive response."