Rob McCord has taken a concrete step toward a 2014 bid. The state Treasurer this week formed a new campaign committee called “McCord for Governor”.
The filing with the Pa. Department of State and obtained by PoliticsPA shows McCord signed and submitted the paperwork Monday.
Long seen as a likely challenger to Gov. Tom Corbett, McCord has travelled the state since November – when he handily won a second term as Treasurer. He’s been meeting with party regulars and activists, including a group of SEIU workers on Saturday.
“This new committee is a reflection of the fact that, over the last few months, Rob has heard from voters and community leaders from around the state that they want a change in Harrisburg and he’s putting the pieces in place to deliver that change,” said Mark Nevins, a McCord campaign spokesman.
“The fact is, we can’t keep electing professional, career politicians and expect things to be different. As a business leader, not a career politician, Rob is uniquely qualified to deliver real results.”
Nevins didn’t specify a timeline for an official announcement.
McCord, 54, got his start in the private sector as an entrepreneur and investor. He was first elected in 2008. He resides in Montgomery County with his wife and two sons.
He faces a crowded primary with five candidates already announced. Two former Dept’s of Environmental Protection Secretaries, John Hanger and Katie McGinty, pastor Max Myers, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (D-Montco) and former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf.
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski and state Sen. Mike Stack (D-Phila) are also floating bids.
Pa. campaign finance law allows unlimited transfers between campaign accounts. McCord could use all of the $1.61 million he reported at the end of 2012 for a gubernatorial bid.
Here is the Department. of State filing: