20 county party chairmen and women endorsed McCord for Governor.
“I’m proud to add my name to the list of Rob McCord supporters,” said Chester County Chair Michele Vaughn. “Right now this state needs a leader who understands what families are going through, a leader with the intelligence and expertise to find innovative solutions to our toughest challenges, and a leader who has the experience to deliver real results. Rob McCord is that leader.”
It’s highly unlikely any of the Democrats running for Governor will win the endorsement of the statewide party. That requires a 2/3rds vote by state committee members – a tough threshold even in a two-way race.
But unlike the GOP, which maintains stricter control over county party activities from the top down, individual Democratic county committees are free to endorse.
The county party circuit is McCord’s strong suit. He first courted local leaders and state committee members – aggressively – in 2008 when he ran in the competitive Treasurer primary against former state Rep. John Cordisco.
Cordisco, now the chairman of the Bucks County Democratic Committee, is on the list McCord supporters.
Since then McCord regularly has traveled the state, keynoting breakfasts and party functions throughout all 67 Pa. counties.
“The Democratic County Chairs are on the front lines when it comes to standing up to Tom Corbett’s agenda — an agenda that has significantly reduced the investments we make in Pennsylvania’s working families,” McCord said. “As someone who has made it a priority to say ‘no’ to this governor when he tries to take us off track, I am honored to receive these valuable endorsements from fellow Democratic leaders.”
The key question: can these chairmen and women deliver their county endorsements?
Here is the full list of endorsers:
Adams County Chairman Roger Lund
Bedford County Chairman Kevin Miller
Berks County Chairman Tom Herman
Blair County Chairman Frank Rosenhoover
Bucks County Chairman John Cordisco
Cambria County Chairman Heath Long
Cameron County Chairman HB Von Hause
Carbon County Chairman Billy O’Gurek
Centre County Chairman Greg Stewart
Chester County Chairwoman Michele Vaughn
Crawford County Chairwoman Diane Adsit
Cumberland County Chairman Michael Fedor
Fulton County Chairman Rheon Gelvin
Indiana County Chairman Ron Fairman
Lancaster County Chairwoman Sally Lyall
Lawrence County Chairman Richard Christopher
Lebanon County Chairman Christopher Tarsa
Lycoming County Chairman John Mussare
Lycoming County Chairwoman Jessie Bloom (Former)
Somerset County Chairwoman Shelley Glessner
Union County Chairman Rick Thomas