PA Democratic party chief says McCord bid is 'an inevitability'


The buzz is building around an oft-talked about but still-on-the-sidelines potential candidate in next year's governor's race.

The chief of Pennsylvania's Democratic Party says it's not a matter of if, but when, state Treasurer Rob McCord will jump into the race to challenge Gov. Corbett in 2014.

Party chairman Jim Burn said in a conference call today with reporters that he fully expects McCord to join the crowded field of candidates.

“We all know it's an inevitability that the treasure is going to announce at some point,” Burn said.

McCord spokesman Mark Nevins fanned the flames, while keeping the mystery alive.

"He is right an announcement is coming soon," he said. "Treasurer McCord continues to believe Pennsylvania would not be well-served by electing a politician for governor.

Nevins said McCord's business background would better serve the Commonwealth, adding, "an announcement will come when ready to make it official."

McCord is making no secret of his aspirations; he has formed a campaign committee and begun raising money. Not to mention, even the press releases from the Treasurer's office are starting to read like attack ads on Corbett.

But Burn downplayed any suggestion that an even bigger name like Sen. Bob Casey Jr., or rising star Attorney General Kathleen Kane might make a late entry in the race.

“There's no secret candidate jumping out from behind the curtain,” he said. “Not that I'm aware of.”

So far, the Democratic primary field has grown to five: U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, former DEP secretaries John Hanger and Kathleen McGinty, former revenue secretary Tom Wolfe and Harrisburg area minister Max Myers.

The conference call was organized to announce the party's new "Promises Made, Promises Broken" campaign to highlight a series of what it says is Corbett's record of unfulfilled campaign promises to voters. The party this week focused on Corbett's pledge to make Pennsylania a leader in job creation.

PoliticsPA reports the latest jobs report shows Pennsylvania 45th in job creation.





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