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POSTED: Monday, May 5, 2014, 5:46 PM
Kate McGinty. ( ( ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer ))

Could Katie McGinty, the only Democratic candidate for governor to refrain from going negative on frontrunner Tom Wolf, be poised to move up in the polls?

On Monday, McGinty announced the release of a new positive television commercial – a distinction worth noting, given the attack ads U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz and Treasurer Rob McCord have launched at Wolf,  hoping to chip away at his lead.

Schwartz is running an ad blaming Wolf for layoffs at his family business, which was saddled with debt when he and his two cousins sold it in a leveraged buyout; several hundred employees lost their jobs. McCord has an explosive spot that derides Wolf for serving as the campaign chairman for a former York mayor who was arrested in the killing of a black woman during the city’s 1969 riots.

POSTED: Saturday, May 3, 2014, 5:02 PM
Pennsylvania’s top two Democrats called Saturday on state Treasurer Rob McCord to pull the racially charged attack ad he is airing against rival Tom Wolf in the gubernatorial primary.

Rendell said the spot was “one of the worst I have ever seen,” adding that it was a style of politics “that makes me ashamed to have been part of this business for most of my adult life.”

The 30-second spot blast’s Wolf for serving as campaign chairman for the 2001 reelection campaign of York Mayor Charlie Robertson, who was indicted the day after the primary on murder charges in the death of a black woman during the city’s race riots 32 years before, when he was a police officer.

POSTED: Friday, May 2, 2014, 6:04 PM
Rob McCord, Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania governor.

Tom Wolf’s campaign deployed a group of African American leaders Friday to push back against a Rob McCord TV attack ad that brings up Wolf’s past political support for a York mayor who was arrested 32 years after the fact in the murder of a black woman during the city’s 1969 race riots.

They said that McCord was attempting to smear as racist the character of a good man whom they know as an inclusive leader.

“I’ve been a black man for 59 years - I do not need Rob McCord to make a judgment for me,” state Rep. Dwight Evans (D.,Phila.) said on a conference call with reporters. “I understand you want to win an election, but at what cost?”

POSTED: Thursday, May 1, 2014, 3:39 PM

A new TV ad for Gov. Corbett mocks the iconic Jeep that starred in Democrat Tom Wolf’s introductory commercials.

At the beginning, a black Jeep with a WOLF license plate is stalled on the road at night, when a Dodge Ram pickup rolls up with a throaty roar, bearing CORBETT tags. The ad attempts to tie higher taxes and job losses that began during the recession, under former Gov. Ed Rendell (D) to Wolf, a York businessman who served as revenue secretary for a portion of Rendell’s second term.

“Tom Wolf’s record on jobs is a car wreck, an announcer said. “While Wolf served in Harrisburg as the state’s top tax collector, our taxes went through the roof. And higher taxes led to 152,000 PA workers losing their jobs and unemployment going up almost 50%. Fortunately Tom Corbett came along and cleaned up Wolf’s mess.”

POSTED: Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6:42 PM

State Treasurer Rob McCord attacked the frontrunner in the Democratic campaign for governor Wednesday for his past political support of a York mayor who shouted “White Power!” as a young police officer during the city’s 1969 race riots and was charged three decades later with murder in the death of a black woman.

McCord said that it was a “character issue” for York businessman Tom Wolf, who was the campaign chairman for the mayor, Charlie Robertson, in 2001 when the latter was arrested. Wolf’s immediate reaction at the time was to say he would continue to serve as the mayor’s campaign chairman.

“I’m going to be introducing the words ‘racism’ and ‘character’ and ‘judgment’ into the conversation,” McCord said in a meeting of The Inquirer’s editorial board. “I’m going to be asking Tom: ‘What were you thinking?’ What possible plausible explanation is there?”

POSTED: Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 8:58 AM

State Treasurer Rob McCord has captured the backing of two famous left-leaning ward organizations from opposite sides of Pennsylvania in the Democratic primary for governor.

Philadelphia’s Eighth Ward Democratic organization in Center City announced Monday it was endorsing McCord for the nomination to take on Gov. Corbett.

“After hearing from the other campaigns, Treasurer McCord was head and shoulders above the rest,” said State Sen. Larry Farnese (D., Phila.), who also is the leader of the ward, known for activism and high primary voter-turnout rates.

POSTED: Thursday, April 24, 2014, 5:15 PM
Tom Wolf, Democrat running for Pennsylvania Governor in the upcoming May primary, speaks with Inquirer reporters and editors about his business, the Wolf Organization, on March 28, 2014. ( CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer )

Tom Wolf’s campaign for governor said it has fired the person responsible for lifting passages from Johnson Controls Inc. in a section of its policy plan dealing with energy efficiency.

The move came late Thursday, after the campaign of U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, one of Wolf’s opponents for the Democratic nomination, pointed out in a news release what it called the “troubling plagiarism” in his Fresh Start governing blueprint.

“I have directed the staff to make sure nothing like this ever happens again and have asked for a new process to be put in place to ensure it does not,” Wolf, a York businessman and former state revenue secretary, said in a statement.

A campaign spokesman annouced the dismissal but did not name the responsible party.
POSTED: Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:29 AM
U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, earning national acclaim for campaigning as a champion of the Affordable Care Act, suggested Wednesday that her rivals for the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania governor were soft in support of President Obama’s signature law. (File photo)

U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, earning national acclaim for campaigning as a champion of the Affordable Care Act, suggested Wednesday that her rivals for the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania governor were soft in support of President Obama’s signature law.

They all have publicly backed Obamacare, although the law has not been a frequent topic of conversation on the campaign trail – even for Schwartz, who began running a TV ad Monday declaring she was proud of her work with the president helping to write parts of it as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

“I believe very firmly that I’m the only one in this race who’s willing to express both pride in this law and willingness and understanding to make it work for Pennsylvanians,” she said in a conference call with reporters.

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