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Former DEP Secretary Kathleen McGinty mulling run for governor

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

Former DEP Secretary Kathleen McGinty mulling run for governor

Kathleen McGinty
Kathleen McGinty

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."

McGinty is now senior vice president and managing director for strategic growth and Weston Solutions, a firm that works on environmental, energy and construction projects.

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