By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor
One of the Democratic Congressional Committee’s primary recruits in Pennsylvania, Stollsteimer was an assistant District Attorney (under Meehan) in Delaware County, and recently served as Philadelphia’s Safe Schools Advocate. He currently works in the Pa. Department of the Treasury.
Instead, he’s eyeing the office of Auditor General.
“I can confirm that I’m exploring running for Auditor General. It’s an office that appeals to me. I think I can do good public service as a tough, independent auditor of the Corbett administration,” he said. “From my experience in state government I know how important this job is, and i think at this time in my life it’s something I want to do.”
He would join York lawmaker Eugene DePasquale in the Democratic primary. DePasquale has been on the trail for several months, and has acquired up numerous endorsements including Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato.
On the Republican side, Chester County Treasurer Ann Duke is in the running. Pa Rep. John Maher (R-Allegheny) is also in the mix, and MSNBC pundit and school choice advocate Joe Watkins has also been mentioned as a possible contender.
As for who Democrats recruit to run in Pa-7, observers are watching Joe Sestak. Stollsteimer had repeatedly said that he would not get in the race if Sestak decided to run. A source close to Stollsteimer said that wasn’t the direct cause of his Auditor General decision, but said that he did anticipate a Sestak congressional candidacy. A few local Democrats say that the former Congressman and 2010 Senate candidate has popped back on the radar in recent weeks.
Sestak said there had been no change in his status from before.
“I’m just trying to make up my mind what to do,” Sestak said. “It will be public service. Whether it’s elected office or not, I have to decide. If so, what level, and if not, what issues to I want to pursue. It’s been absolutely no change in the past year.”