Sources: Wagner mulls gov bid

Auditor General Jack Wagner. (File Photo)

Will the field of Democratic hopefuls vying to take Gov. Corbett's job grow again?

Former state Auditor General Jack Wagner may be mulling a run for governor next year, sources tell the Tribune-Review.

The report says Wagner - who served in the state Senate and was Pittsburgh City Council president, is talking to donors and supporters and will likely make a decision in September.

Wagner would be coming off a loss in the mayoral primary but many feel he would be a strong stateiwde candidate having received 3.26 million votes in his re-election campaign in 2008 - more than Barack Obama. that year. He lost the 2010 gubernatorial primary to fellow Pittsburgh Democrat Dan Onorato. (See my profile of Wagner from the 2010 race here.)

Also expected to make a September announcement is state treasurer Rob McCord. The Philadelphia-area Demcrat is also seen as a formidable candidate with a business background and fundraising prowess.

Democrats already in the race are: former DEP secretaries Kathleen McGinty and John Hanger, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, former Revenue secretary Tom Wolf and minister Max Myers.

If nothing else, "PA Dems for Gov," could field a softball team soon.





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