U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, the influential chairman of Philadelphia’s Democratic Party, has a favorite in the crowded 2014 primary for governor: state Sen. Mike Stack.
 “He’s smart, he knows the state government, and he’s well liked,” Brady said Wednesday. “Good family, good man.”
Stack represents the 5th District, which encompasses most of Northeast Philadelphia and Bridesburg, Kensington and Port Richmond. He also is the Democratic leader for the 58th Ward – a member of the city committee that Brady leads.
“Congressman Brady has been a great leader,” Stack said. “I am grateful not just for his support but his friendship of many years.”
A number of Democrats have lined up for the chance to run against Gov. Corbett, including U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz of Montgomery County; Tom Wolf, a York businessman and former state revenue secretary; John Hanger and Kate McGinty, each former secretaries of the Department of Environmental Protection in Gov. Ed Rendell’s administration; and Max Myers, a Cumberland County pastor.
State Treasurer Rob McCord is considering a run, as are Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowsi and Josh Shapiro, chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. And of course, former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, who was the party’s U.S. Senate nominee in 2010, is a possibility.