According to Laura Olson and Emily Opilo of the Morning Call, the Allentown Mayor will announce he is entering the 2016 Senate Democratic primary tomorrow.
Pawlowski will be running against former Congressman Joe Sestak in that primary. Sestak was the Democratic Party’s 2010 nominee.
The two men will be battling to take on first-term incumbent Republican Senator Pat Toomey.
The Mayor of Allentown has shown higher political ambitions before. In 2013, he entered the race for Governor but dropped out a few months later. Insufficient money has been cited as the reason Pawlowski couldn’t compete.
Apparently, the Mayor feels this won’t be a problem this time. Democratic Party leaders have been weary of Sestak and recent reports revealed that future Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and DSCC Chair Jon Tester have reached out to alternative candidates.
We ran a reader poll last week pitting Pawlowski and Sestak against each other in a potential primary that saw the former receive 66% of the vote.
No matter who the Democratic nominee is, however, they will face a formidable challenger in Sen. Toomey who already has $7.3 million cash on hand.