Days after State Treasurer Rob McCord attacked Tom Wolf on the basis of his support for former York Mayor Charlie Robertson, current York Mayor Kim Bracey has come to Wolf’s defense.
Back in 2001, Wolf chaired Robertson’s re-election campaign despite Robertson getting charged in the fatal shooting of a black woman during a 1969 race riot. McCord went as far as calling Wolf’s support of Robertson a “fundamental failure,” according to an article from the Patriot News.
“As the first African American elected Mayor of York, I’m outraged at the racially charged attacks against Tom Wolf,” Bracey says in the ad. “I know Tom Wolf and here in Tom’s hometown, we’re solidly behind him. Tom’s helped create early learning education centers and helped build a better downtown and Tom’s made sure our kids have safe places to play. We know Tom Wolf’s heart, he’s a person of integrity, and he’ll be a governor for all of us.”
The city of York, following its mayor’s lead, has begun to rally around Wolf and continue to support him. In an editorial from the York Daily Record, the paper accuses McCord of going “playing the race card low” in his attack on Wolf. They write that McCord’s accusations against the former Revenue Secretary are “lurid media bait thrown out by a desperate candidate.”
The York Dispatch, in an article about McCord’s ad, wrote, “York City’s past racial discord is being dredged for the airwaves in an ad the Rob McCord gubernatorial campaign has drafted against Yorker Tom Wolf.”
Wolf also posted a five-minute video the day after McCord aired his charges. Here, members of the African American community also came to Wolf’s defense, including Mayor Bracey, Bobby Simmons of the Crispus Attucks Association and Rev. Aaron Wilford Junior of the Bethlehem Baptist Church.
Along with McCord, Wolf faces Rep. Allyson Schwartz and former DEP Secretary Katie McGinty in the upcoming Democratic primary for governor.