Pawlowski to Drop Guv Bid, Endorse McCord
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski will end his bid for Governor, numerous Democratic sources tell PoliticsPA. He will endorse Treasurer Rob McCord on Monday.
Pawlowski campaign manager Mike Fleck declined to confirm or deny the move.
“I have no information on that now. But there will be an announcement on Monday,” Fleck told PoliticsPA.
Several Democrats who had announced their support for Pawlowski said that the Mayor had informed them of the decision.
PoliticsPA was unable to reach McCord’s campaign for comment.
Pawlowski faced a number of challenges in his longshot bid. His Lehigh Valley base doesn’t comprise an overwhelming percentage of Pa. Democrats. He got a late start, officially declaring his bid in September. And he did not deliver a standout performance during a handful of debates and forums thus far.
But perhaps most compelling was fundraising. Although Pawlowsi’s campaign finance report has not yet posted, several Democrats said the Mayor had raised only around half a million dollars in 2013. The fundraising leader in the primary, Tom Wolf, brought in over $13 million.
Earlier Friday, Pawlowski’s campaign did not respond to a request for his fundraising report.