Politics PA reports that former state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen McGinty has filed paperwork to form an exploratory committee for a possible run for governor. The "New Jobs, Bright Future PA Committee was registered with the state Friday
A source told Politics PA McGinty will use the committee to accept about $1 million in campaign contribution commitments. That puts her on the map fast. U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz has at least $3.1 million for a potential run. State Treasurer Rob McCord has at least $1.5 million.
We reached out to McGinty's old boss, former Gov. Ed Rendell, to see if he had offered her any advice. An assistant quickly responded with this:
"He is aware of this and believes Katie would be a charismatic, exciting candidate but has advised her that a state wide campaign run for Governor is incredibly expensive and she should only run if, in the next several months, she is able raise significant dollars."