Gov Candidates Agree to Debate in February

Debate stage 8 podiumsJohn Hanger, Jo Ellen Litz, Katie McGinty, Ed Pawlowski, Max Meyers, Rob McCord, Tom Wolf and Allyson Schwartz will divert their attacks from Governor Corbett and onto each other. They’ve each agreed to participate in the PA Progressive Summit in February.

The Pa. Progressive Summit will be held February 28 and March 1 at the Harrisburg Hilton, with the debate scheduled for Friday at 6:00pm. Candidates will take questions from progressive leaders in the audience and sponsoring organizations of the event.

Hosted by Keystone Progress, an online activist community, the event expects nearly 1,000 attendees at its fifth annual summit.

“We are excited about the impact that our gubernatorial debate will have,” said Eileen Connelly, Chair of the Board of Keystone Progress. “This is an incredible opportunity for the progressive community to set the agenda for the entire campaign.”

Technically, this will be the second debate for the Democratic primary candidates, as they were all invited to a debate hosted by a Harrisburg community group back in June. Only Max Myers and John Hanger actually participated. Schwartz was in a voting session in DC, McGinty and McCord declined, though McCord was still undeclared at that point.

Despite the event’s poor candidate attendance, Myers and Hanger didn’t waste the opportunity to chastise their opponents for not participating.

Hanger questioned, ”If you are not ready to do this debate why are you ready to run for governor?”

Myers quipped, ”The risk is too high for those who aren’t here.”

The Progressive Summit debate promises to be better attended, though Jack Wagner and Mike Stack have yet to respond to their invitations.

7 Responses

  1. John Hanger has the most thoroughly researched positions and ideas, to be sure. His website is excellent. He is by far the best candidate Democrats have!

  2. PAINDY1: John Hanger has a very strong position on charter schools in the state. Frankly, he is the only one out of the horde of Dems who have thoroughly researched positions and ideas to get PA moving and education is at the top of his priority list. I’d check out his website for more information…

  3. Jeff Romoff of UPMC shares his lobbyist with his regulator: PENNSYLVANIA INKS NEW FEDERAL HELP: The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has brought on an outside firm for work on federal health care issues. The Keystone state has hired Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney to work on Affordable Care Act implementation, Medicaid waiver and block grant issues, Medicaid expansion issues and other healthcare related topics. Michael Strazzella and Timothy Costa are listed on the account. Pennsylvania had Birch, Horton, Bittner & Cherot and L.G. Strategies on lobbying contracts in 2013 but terminated both in the second quarter. So let’s connect all the dots: COS Gromis-Baker worked at Buchanan Ingersoll. Her husband Scott worked there and was UPMC’s lobbyist. Now, Scott works for UPMC, as head of governmental relations. One of Buchanan Ingersol’s lead partners is Tom Buchanan, husband of Mary Beth Buchanan. Both Mary Beth Buchanan and Tom Corbett received strategic political advice from John Brabender. Does the Corbett Adminstration and UPMC sharing the same Federal lobbyist mean that UPMC’s interests and the interests of Taxpayers of PA are perfectly alligned?

  4. Keystone Progress always invites all declared candidates to its debates. Corbett was invited, but hasn’t replied.

    He, Rohrer and Gerlach were invited in 2008 at our first debate.

  5. Hopefully one of these candidates will demand an END to corporate welfare to Cyber Charter Schools, PA’s class of Corporate Welfare Queens. The management of these schools have come to believe they are above PA law and regulation by the Department of ED. Will someone ask for the head of Charles Zogby our Shadow Education Secretary. CHARLES ZOGBY PLEASE RESIGN! POLITICAL NECROPHILIA-IT’S ALL GOOD!

  6. Corbett was invited as well. I doubt he will show. Bullies only like to appear where they can have a cowering crowd.

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