On the one hand, Governor Wolf defeated Governor Corbett by ten points in the midst of a GOP tidal wave.
Both sides feel they have a mandate, so neither wants to give up ground in the budget fight.
Now, however, the parties have a proxy fight.
This Saturday, just three days before votes are cast, Wolf will campaign with Democratic nominee Leanne Kreuger-Braneky.
They will hold an event at the Swarthmore train station at 11:00 a.m.
In November, Hackett defeated Krueger-Braneky 56% to 44% but with an open race (and tea party activist Lisa Esler seeking to siphon votes from GOP nominee Paul Mullen) the Democrats believe that they can win.
Nevertheless, this is a risky proposition for Governor Wolf.
In March, the Democrats lost a special in Philly’s 170th district but he steered clear of that race from the beginning.
Now, however, a win might be a minor victory while a loss could be a major blow. Wolf could reap all the blame and Republicans would cite it as vindication in the budget standoff.
At the very least, the Governor’s involvement shows that his top priority right now is to shake up the playing field. This seems to suggest that he currently doesn’t like his status.