Sen. Bob Casey’s longtime Finance Director Mike Butler will join the campaign team of Rob McCord. Since he is term limited as Pa. Treasurer, it’s a clear sign that McCord is gearing up for a bid for Governor.
“I’m excited to have Mike on our team,” said McCord, of Montgomery County, in a campaign statement. “He has a depth of fundraising and campaign experience in Pennsylvania that is unmatched. He is, quite simply, the best at what he does. And he’s going to be a key player on our team.”
Prior to Casey 2012, when the campaign raised $16 million, Butler served as FD for 2010 Guv hopeful Dan Onorato. He was western Pa. FD for Casey in 2006. PoliticsPA named him one of the state’s Top Political Operatives in 2012.
“Considering all that Rob McCord has accomplished as a business leader and as state treasurer — creating thousands of jobs, cutting waste, increasing efficiency, and making the PA Treasury a profit-center for Pennsylvania — I’m really looking forward to working with him,” said Butler in a statement. “I think Treasurer McCord brings a much-needed, innovative, and productive perspective to the challenges Pennsylvanians face.”
McCord has been seen for years as a likely challenger to Gov. Tom Corbett, who appears vulnerable heading into the 2014 cycle. However, it looks like the Treasurer will have to first win an expensive primary. Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz is a prolific fundraiser and has given every indication that she will run for Governor as well.