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Wolf: Put McGinty In Dems' top post

Pa. Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf, right, former state Environmental Protection Secretary Katie McGinty, center, and U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., meet before a meal at the Oregon Diner, Friday, May 23, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke/File photo)
Pa. Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf, right, former state Environmental Protection Secretary Katie McGinty, center, and U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., meet before a meal at the Oregon Diner, Friday, May 23, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke/File photo)

Katie McGinty, a former candidate for Pennsylvania governor, told members of the Democratic State Committee in an e-mail Wednesday that she was running for state party chair at the request of gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf.

"I wholeheartedly agree with Tom that Pennsylvania needs a fresh start," McGinty wrote. "The last thing we can do is allow [Gov.] Corbett to have four more years."

A former state environmental secretary, McGinty finished last in the party's four-way primary for governor May 20, but won admiration from Democratic activists for running a positive race and staying above the fray in the final weeks as U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz and Treasurer Rob McCord attacked Wolf.

In a separate e-mail Wednesday, Wolf endorsed McGinty, who grew up in Northeast Philadelphia and lives in Chester County, calling her a trusted ally who would "bring endless enthusiasm" to the statewide party job. He also endorsed State Rep. Jake Wheatley (D., Allegheny) for vice chairman.

As Wolf noted, the nominee for governor traditionally picks the next party chair, who will be elected June 21 at a state committee meeting.

There could be some friction - the current chairman, Jim Burn of Allegheny County, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette he still plans to seek another four-year term.

- Thomas Fitzgerald

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