Former state Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, a Democratic candidate for governor, announced Monday that he has hired as campaign manager the strategist who managed two winning races for the governor of West Virginia.
Joe Shafer, a native of Athens, Pa., ran winning special election and re-election campaigns for Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in 2011 and last year. He was Northeast regional political director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, based in Washington. In the 2008 election cycle, Shafer was executive director of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee.
“We are committed to running a campaign that we can all be proud of, holding Gov. Corbett accountable for putting special-interests over the interests of the middle-class,” Wolf said in a statement. “We are lucky to have Joe on board. There is no better tactical and strategic mind in Democratic politics today than Joe’s."
Wolf, a York businessman who served in Gov. Ed Rendell's cabinet, recently also hired Democratic strategist Mary Isenhour as a senior advisor. Saul Shorr, of Philadelphia, is Wolf's media consultant.