Torsella Exploring Bid for Treasurer
At least that’s according to an invitation for a reception hosted by Comcast Executive Vice President and former Chief of Staff to Gov. Rendell David Cohen. Other prominent co-hosts include Wayne Spilove and Lisa Kabnick.
In an email accompanying the invitation, Cohen wrote, “Joe’s leadership speaks for itself, but I have had the opportunity to work closely with him at many intersections along the way, and he is exactly the smart, tough, and decisive leader we desperately need in our State Government.”
“I have no doubt that in the role of Treasurer, Joe will maximize the office to its fullest potential, and make a significant, positive difference in the everyday lives of Pennsylvanians.”
PoliticsPA is seeking comment from Torsella.
The event was held on December 1st and cost $5,000 (host) or $1,000 (supporter) to attend.
Torsella served as Ed Rendell’s Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning. He then oversaw the construction of The Constitution Center before becoming President of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education.
From 2011 to 2013, Torsella served as U.S. Representative to the United Nations for Management and Reform.
He has ran for office twice before. First in 2004, he sought the Democratic nominee for PA’s 13th Congressional District but was defeated by Allyson Schwartz. He also briefly ran for the Senate in 2010 but dropped out after Arlen Specter switched parties.
The State’s current Treasurer is Rob McCord, is term-limited and can’t run again.
Other rumored Democratic candidates include Pittsburgh Controller Michael Lamb, Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski and Allegheny County Treasurer John Weinstein.