If you want to look into a politician’s soul, a long form Philadelphia Magazine story is about as close as you can get. This month, they profile State Treasurer and prospective 2014 gubernatorial candidate Rob McCord.
The article is a good look at McCord’s background and his process for deciding whether to run, and you should read the entire piece.
Here are two interesting paragraphs.
McCord, though, is a thoroughly modern politician. He’s run a think tank and a series of investment funds. He’s considered a critical early leader in the development of the region’s tech industry. He has an African-American wife. And he entered politics late in life, meaning he has ascended without the benefit—or baggage—of a machine to call his own.
McCord predictably demurs when I ask if he’ll run for governor, but he doesn’t deny that he’s seriously considering the possibility. If he thinks he can win, he’ll run. But his political prospects are far too promising to throw away on a long-shot bid. “I’m very aware that two years is an eternity,” he says, “so I’m not one of these people who say, ‘Put a fork in Governor Corbett, he’s done.’”