Breaking: Castor Rules Out 2014 Run

Castor Corbett debate 2004
Castor, right, debates Corbett during the 2004 primary for Attorney General

Tom Corbett won’t have to watch his right flank next year. Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor Tuesday said he would not challenge the Governor in a GOP primary.

In an emailed statement he said:

“After a great deal of consideration, I have decided not to run for Governor in 2014.

“I want to thank all those who encouraged and advised me over the last six months. Simply put, my duties as Montgomery County Commissioner, a lawyer with Elliott Greenleaf, and the responsibilities to my family, make a massive undertaking such as running governor impossible for me this election cycle.”

It’s good news for Corbett, who’s had positive but not overwhelmingly strong numbers among Republican voters in a variety of polls.

Castor first floated a bid in December and toured the state to meet conservative activists and donors, most recently at the Pa. Leadership Conference in April.

Corbett lead Castor 49% to 21% according to a Harper Polling survey in March. He created a website and generally needled to Guv over the last few months.

His departure from the race will make it easier for Corbett in the hypothetical event that he chooses to support an expansion of Medicaid, which Castor sharply opposed.

6 Responses

  1. Castor has done a very good job, as has the rest of the MontCo board. It has been very amicable.

  2. Damn shame. Corbett is a train wreck. Republicans will now sit out and an incompetent liberal boob will run the Commonwealth into the ground.

  3. Castor was the only guy in the whole state willing to stand up and say what all of us are thinking: Corbett is doomed and we should make a change. Too bad none of us had the guts to tell him he was right. The Republican Party has one man with the courage to speak out. What does that say about us? Maybe one day the cancer within the party will finally be cut out, but will the patient be dead by then?

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