Call it bank account envy?
State Treasurer Rob McCord, one of the Democrats in the May 20 primary election for governor, this morning said it was "troubling" that a candidate can give himself $10 million for a political campaign. That was a clear reference to former state Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, another candidate in the primary, who made three contributions to his own campaign last year for a combined $9,981,192.
Speaking on WESA-FM in Pittsburgh, McCord said the Democrats "say we're here for the working people" who can't afford such largess.
"To say that we're going to give the nomination for governor to anybody who can write a $10 million check out of their own household, I think is not right," McCord said. "I don't think its the right fit for the Democratic Party."
McCord loaned his campaign $1.7 million in December.
The primary so far has had little public criticism between the Democrats, who tend to share many of the same positions in key state policies.
Wolf's campaign didn't take the bait, noting that he raised $3.2 million from thousands of donors.
McCord's campaign later pointed to a statement Wolf made in 2008 Harrisburg Patriot-News story that candidate's should not self-fund their campaigns. The Pennsylvania Republican Party this week circulated that story as Wolf has been expending his campaign resources to run a series of television commercials.