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We have entered the "Hey, look at me!" phase of the 2014 political calendar

The May 2014 primary elections for governor are 15 months away but, judging by our email inbox, prospective candidates feel like they are right around the corner. We've entered the "Hey, look at me!" phase of the political calendar. Consider: - State Sen. Mike Stack is chatting up reporters about his interest in running for governor, trying to put himself in context with two Democrats considered top-tier candidates: U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz and state Treasurer Rob McCord. Stack won another four-year term for his Northeast Philadelphia district last year and won't have to run for re-election until 2016. He is handing out campaign buttons that say "Mike Stack 2014 for Pennsylvania." - Tom Knox, the Philadelphia millionaire who finished second in the 2007 Democratic primary for mayor, put out a news release Monday morning touting his hiring of Frank Keel, who does public relations work for unions and politicians, as a signal of his "serious intent to mount another campaign for political office." Which office? Who can tell? Knox briefly ran for governor in 2009 and 2010 and then flirted with running for mayor in 2011 as a Democrat and then an Independent. Knox says he is taking a "very serious look" at challenging Gov. Corbett's bid for a second term but is also looking at "other opportunities." - Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor, who is mulling a primary challenge to Corbett next year, issued a news release Monday morning to "clarify PA's economic performance. Castor noted that Corbett recently claimed that Pennsylvania has created more private-sector jobs than surrounding state, a claim challenged by the Associated Press in Harrisburg. - While many people are seeking attention for the top of the ticket, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli sent out a LinkedIn message Sunday announcing that he is "seriously considering" a run in the 2014 Democratic primary for lieutenant governor. Morganelli was the Democratic candidate in 2008 for state Attorney General, losing to Corbett.

We have entered the "Hey, look at me!" phase of the 2014 political calendar

State Sen. Mike Stack is handing out "Stack 2014" buttons.
State Sen. Mike Stack is handing out "Stack 2014" buttons. Chris Brennan

The May 2014 primary elections for governor are 15 months away but, judging by our email inbox, prospective candidates feel like they are right around the corner.  We've entered the "Hey, look at me!" phase of the political calendar.  Consider:

  • State Sen. Mike Stack is chatting up reporters about his interest in running for governor, trying to put himself in context with two Democrats considered top-tier candidates: U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz and state Treasurer Rob McCord.  Stack won another four-year term for his Northeast Philadelphia district last year and won't have to run for re-election until 2016. He is handing out campaign buttons that say "Mike Stack 2014 for Pennsylvania."
  • Tom Knox, the Philadelphia millionaire who finished second in the 2007 Democratic primary for mayor, put out a news release Monday morning touting his hiring of Frank Keel, who does public relations work for unions and politicians, as a signal of his "serious intent to mount another campaign for political office." Which office?  Who can tell?  Knox briefly ran for governor in 2009 and 2010 and then flirted with running for mayor in 2011 as a Democrat and then an Independent.  Knox says he is taking a "very serious look" at challenging Gov. Corbett's bid for a second term but is also looking at "other opportunities."
  • Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor, who is mulling a primary challenge to Corbett next year, issued a news release Monday morning to "clarify PA's economic performance.  Castor noted that Corbett recently claimed that Pennsylvania has created more private-sector jobs than surrounding state, a claim challenged by the Associated Press in Harrisburg.
  • While many people are seeking attention for the top of the ticket, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli sent out a LinkedIn message Sunday announcing that he is "seriously considering" a run in the 2014 Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.  Morganelli was the Democratic candidate in 2008 for state Attorney General, losing to Corbett.
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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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Sean Collins Walsh is from Bucks County and went to Northwestern University. He joined the Daily News copy desk in 2012 and now covers the Nutter administration. Before that, he interned at papers including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and The Seattle Times. E-mail tips to walshSE@phillynews.com
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