The Allentown Morning Call reported the news:
“There’s been a tradition since [former Gov.] Milton Shapp” of governors serving two terms, “and I have no plans to break that tradition,” Corbett said during a news conference at a state Department of Transportation garage in Harrisburg. “This is not a formal announcement, but I have no plans to break that tradition.”
It’s not a guarantee. Corbett’s poll numbers have been upside down for most of the past year, sometimes net negative by more than 10 points.
Many of the Republicans who were swept into office by the wave election of 2010 may have a hard time winning a second term if 2014 doesn’t prove to be another huge year for their party.
In Pennsylvania Tom Corbett trails a generic Democrat 47/37. In Maine Paul LePage trails a hypothetical opponent from the opposite party 49/41. Both of them became unpopular pretty early in their terms and have stayed that way.
Some big name Democrats – including Sen. Bob Casey, Treasurer Rob McCord, and former Rep. Joe Sestak – have been named possible contenders.
Whether one of those top tier candidates decides to give it a run remains to be seen.
There are also rumors of a potential Republican primary challenge from the wing of the party that’s upset with the slow pace of conservative legislation.