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Inky: Kenney Rules Out 2022 Statewide Run

This Philadelphia Democrat is the latest elected official to rule out a run for statewide office in 2022. 

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney told the Philadelphia Inquirer in an interview on Thursday that he will not be running for governor or U.S. Senate in 2022. 

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Kenney first expressed interest in a run for Governor in Oct. 2019 and a source told the Inquirer in January 2021 that the U.S. Senate race was also under “consideration.”

Kenney, who was comfortably reelected to a second term as mayor in November 2019, is term limited after this current four-year stretch. 

Prior to the 2020 election, he launched the “Kenney PAC,” which aimed to boost progressive candidates in legislative races in Pennsylvania. This move continued to fan the flames about a possible gubernatorial run in 2022. 

The Inquirer noted that Kenney’s name first surfaced as a potential statewide candidate after his first term, which included “several significant wins,” although his “political fortune and support have since dipped,” citing his administration’s recent struggles over multiple matters.

Kenney is the latest Pennsylvania Democrat to rule out a run for statewide office in 2022. 

In June, Reps. Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery) and Chrissy Houlahan (D-Chester), who were reportedly considering a run for U.S. Senate, announced that they would both instead seek reelection in the House in 2022. 

In April, Congressman Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia) announced that he wouldn’t seek the Democratic Party nomination for U.S. Senate in 2022, while Congresswoman Susan Wild (D-Lehigh) announced in May she also wouldn’t launch a bid for the statewide office. Boyle and Wild both said that they are also running for reelection in the House. 

The Democratic field for U.S. Senate is already crowded. 

Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh, Dr. Kevin Baumlin, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Philadelphia), Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny), and Eric Orts, a professor at Penn’s Wharton School of Business, have all launched their campaigns for Senate. State Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia) filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission for U.S. Senate and formally announced his exploratory committee in April. 

According to the FEC website, Brandaun Dean, Larry Johnson, Alexandria Khalil, Kyle Norton, Alan Shank, and Llewellyn Tapera have also filed statements of candidacy for the Democratic primary.

Chatter about the Democratic race for Governor has been much more quiet. 

Attorney General Josh Shapiro has been viewed as the Democratic frontrunner for Governor. Although Shapiro hasn’t formally announced his candidacy for Governor, he told Philadelphia Magazine in March that he plans to run for the statewide office.

6 Responses

  1. Mayor Kenney announced he will also not be competing for Ms. America, Mr. Teen Cincinnati, and the Nobel Prize in Physics.

  2. I thought Mayor Jim Kenney was going to run for Governor of Pennsylvania in 2022, but he wants to clear the field for Attorney General Josh Shapiro. As bad Governor Tom Wolf is for Pennsylvania, Jim Kenney and Josh Shapiro are both worse than Wolf. The Republican Party and its base needs to get their act together.

    1. Atty General Shapiro’s record is solid. Your assessment misses the mark. The fact remains that for Gov the Republicans are now supporting “Election Audits” even though elections have been duly certified and are drifting toward being the party of political zealots focused on ideology and not public service.The truth is obvious. Republicans have become a party of obstructionists and have no answers aside from few regulations and free market economy.

  3. At least Kenney is smart enough not to run for a position he would not win. Hubris is usually blinding to a politician. Just look at the GOP candidates lining up for Gov and Senate and see how many incompetent fools there are there. SMH

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