Casey for Governor?

Like father, like son? Asked today whether he’d consider running against Governor Tom Corbett, Sen. Bob Casey Jr. said he wouldn’t rule it out.

Bob Casey Sr. served as PA Governor from 1987 to 1995.

Casey Jr. was elected to two statewide offices prior to his 2006 Senate bid; he sought a new office in the middle of a term for each.

He served two terms as PA Auditor General from 1997 to 2005, when he took office as PA Treasurer. Casey campaigned for Governor in 2002 during the middle of his second term as AG, and won election to the U.S. Senate halfway through his term as Treasurer.

From the Inquirer’s report on today’s Press Club lunch in Harrisburg:

But Casey wouldn’t say Monday whether he would consider running againt (sic) Corbett if asked.

When pressed, Casey did say that if re-elected this fall, he will serve the full six-year term.

“One of the reasons I’m running for re-election is to continue my work in this term, and we’ve got plenty to do,” said Casey, speaking at the monthly press club luncheon in Harrisburg. “I really do like the work in the Senate.”

If both men are re-elected, Casey’s second term and Corbett’s would both run through 2018 when Casey will be 58. His father was 55 when he moved into the Governor’s Mansion.

The campaign of his challenger (this year) Tom Smith knocked the Senator.

“In five years in the Senate, Bob Casey, Senator Zero, has failed to pass a single bill into law.  The definition of a career politician – rather than focusing on getting things done for Pennsylvania families, Casey is focused on his next political pursuit,” said Smith Communications Director Megan Piwowar. “Pennsylvania deserves a Senator whose top priority is creating jobs for Pennsylvanians, not for themselves.”

July 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Senate, Top Stories | 17 Comments

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  9. John says:

    Having lost the Senate seat in 2012, it would only make sense that he would be looking for another elected position.

  10. Craig says:

    So would it be dem strategy to move Casey to the Governor’s seat and then McCord to run for Senator? Who would the Republicans have to counteract those moves? Casey won’t lose a Pennsylvania election – as he is seen as the top Democrat in PA (I’m not personally a dem, just interested in party strategy and regardless of party affiliation this is true). Even with an allegience to a somewhat unpopular President like Santorum in ’06, Casey still seems to be doing very well in the polls. I think that has more to do with poor candidate opposition than anything. Tom Smith is brand new to politics, from an unpopulated area, and now has to compete with someone that can do some fundraising. Who else is out there in the Republican land to comepete against Casey/McCord going forward in PA. Santorum back?

  11. Millard Fillmore says:

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  12. John says:

    Running midterm is distasteful and expensive for the taxpayers yet is a very common practice in Pennsylvania and is an acceptable risk for a politician. If they lose in their race, they continue to serve in their other position.

    2006/ Santorum was a perfect storm for Casey. Santorum was cast as being a rubber stamp for all things Bush and Casey had his fathers name. This year Casey, who is still running under the radar, potentially faces some elements of the same storm that he rode into office-being a rubber stamp for Obama’s policies despite their impact on Pennsylvania. As the POTUS said, Bob Casey has always had my back.

  13. David Darby says:

    Free run and I bet even Pileggi and Smith would encourage him to do it!

  14. Ryan says:

    Unless Corbett develops Santorum style disapproval numbers (not just job but personal disapproval numbers) and they remain that way for years, Casey won’t jump. He has a clear shot in 2018 and is very risk adverse. He lost his only race ever against a competitive challenger.

  15. Jim says:

    We’ve never had a more vulnerable Governor

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