McCord Has a New Spox and $1.4M on Hand
Treasurer Rob McCord has a new spokesperson and more than $1.4 million in campaign cash on hand, both signs that he’s got his eyes on the Governor’s office for 2014.
He’s hinted at a challenge to Tom Corbett.
According to a campaign finance report obtained by PoliticsPA, with all of the bills paid for his Treasurer re-election McCord would start the cycle with $1.44 million. It’s a wide advantage over other candidates and prospective candidates including former Department of Environmental Protection John Hanger.
Corbett has at least $2.05 million on hand (the amount he reported at the end of 2011).
McCord is making moves on the official side, too. Today the Treasury Department announced the addition of Gary Tuma as communications director. Tuma is a seasoned politico (ideal for an agency whose head is running for office). He served as Ed Rendell’s spokesman during the latter part of the former Guv’s tenure.
Prior to that, he spoke on behalf of Sen. Vince Fumo and the Dems on the Pa. Senate Appropriations Committee. He began his career in state politics as a reporter. He spent 12 years at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
He’s replacing Michael Smith who transitioned to Deputy Chief of Staff at Treasury.
But making both moves on the weekend of Pa. Society – hiring a new spox and making available fundraising numbers before they’re posted on the Department of State website – suggest that he’s hoping to make a splash in New York City.