Wolf wins western endorsement in Pa. gov race

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf has picked up important backing from western Pennsylvania, earning the endorsement of former U.S. Rep. Ron Klink of Pittsburgh, who called Wolf a leader with a fresh approach.

“Tom Wolf has proven through how he treats his workers and his innovation as Secretary of Revenue, that he'll be a different kind of leader for Pennsylvania,” Klink said in a statement. “Tom built his business by investing in its workers, giving them a living wage and good benefits. As Secretary of Revenue, he improved the state lottery instead of privatizing it. And as governor, he'll help lift up the middle class by focusing on workers, creating jobs that support a family, and reversing Tom Corbett's disastrous education cuts."

Wolf runs his family building-supply business, the York-based Wolf Organization, and was the revenue secretary in the Rendell administration. He has stressed his business experience – Wolf rescued the company from ruin in the depths of the recession, diversifying it and strengthening it in the process – as a qualification for governor. Wolf also has said he would use up to $10 million of his own money for the campaign.

Klink, a former weatherman for Pittsburgh’s KDKA-TV, represented the 4th District for four terms in the U.S. House before giving up his seat to run for U.S. Senate in 2000. Klink won the Democratic nomination, but lost the general election to then-Sen. Rick Santorum (R.,Pa.).

With no western candidate in the primary, at least thus far, the eight candidates running have been seeking support in western Pennsylvania.