Mango Gets Closer to a Run
The Allegheny County businessman is considering a bid for Governor. He is a senior partner at McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm. He is a West Point alumnus, who served in the U.S. Army from 1981-1986. He received an MBA from Harvard in 1988.
Sources familiar with the meeting have confirmed that Mango was in the city for meetings with Nan McLaughlin and John Brabender. McLaughlin is the founder MJM Strategies, firm that specializes in political fundraising, and Brabender is the owner-partner of BrabenderCox, a communications consulting firm. Both worked with former Governor Tom Corbett’s re-election efforts in 2014.
Brabender confirmed the meeting. “If he decides to go forward with a run, my firm will be involved,” he said.
For prospective GOP candidates, there is no time to waste.
State Senator Scott Wagner (R-York) already announced his bid for Governor. His role in budget negotiations will keep his name in the news for the next several months. And his ability to put lots of his own money into his campaign means any opponents need to be able to message and fundraise very well to ensure Wagner does not consolidate support early.
The list of rumored candidates include former Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre), Congressman Mike Kelly (R-Butler), and House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana).