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Mango No Longer with McKinsey & Company

Mango CCAPPoliticsPA has learned that Gubernatorial Candidate Paul Mango of Allegheny County is no longer with McKinsey & Company.  This move could signal he is closer to an official announcement of a run for Governor.  

Mango left the firm earlier this year.  He joined McKinsey in 1988, after serving as a Captain in the U.S. Army and a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division from 1981 to 1986.

PoliticsPA called McKinsey looking for Mango, and was informed he was not with the company anymore. A url formerly linked to Mango’s company bio now pulls up a page not found result.

McKinsey was contracted by Governor Tom Wolf to devise a cost-saving strategy for the state budget.  

Mango announced last week he intends to run for Governor in 2018.  

PoliticsPA has reached out to Mango’s campaign for comment.

8 Responses

  1. Some facts for folks.

    Paul was at McKinsey and Company as a leader in the Healthcare practice and not affiliated with the Public Sector practice that was responsible for the aforementioned 2016 report.

    Furthermore, there is no “pay-to-play” as others are suggesting. I can’t speak to whether the McKinsey product in question was good or bad but that engagement had literally nothing to do with Paul so please stop besmirching his name.

  2. Hmmm – is this something the ED at the State Party was mixed up in? Is that why she was put out to pasture at the State Party? Word to the wise- Don’t let the ED run your campaign, you will lose for sure.

  3. Mr. Mango is going to spend $10 million to secure the Republican nomination and defeat train wreck Tom Wolf.

  4. No longer with McKinsey. Hmm. He was a senior partner, no? Were the other partners pissed by the no-bid contract? Or is this a hollow stunt and he’ll be right back in the fold when the campaigning is over…i mean shit who doesn’t want to have a governor of the 5th largest state as a senior partner in their government consulting firm, right?

  5. Indulge me.
    After decades of covering government and politics, I get a tad annoyed with double-talk and gobbledygook.
    So after reading a 79-page report from global consultant McKinsey & Co., for which Gov. Wolf spent $1.8 million of your money to “achieve a sustainable budget,” I need a mini-rant.
    For starters, one way to get to 79 pages is writing like this:

    “This report provides external benchmarking information for select programmatic expenditures and makes references to legislative and financial proposals put forward by the administration or agency leadership.”
    In other words, here’s some stuff on stuff already proposed.
    Or this: “These initiatives are not intended to be detailed designs or implementation plans.”
    In other words, here’s some thinking on some possibilities.

    I’ll grant that every enterprise can benefit from a look-see through fresh eyes. But there’s little freshness here. And, I’d argue, less benefit. More a classic example of what insiders call “consultant speak.”
    It echoes decades-old plans and prior reports under multiple governors out to cut bureaucracy: Sell off some state land, consolidate some agencies, pay closer attention to contracts, end duplicative programs, and so on.
    It comes as Wolf asserts — after insisting for two years that billions of dollars in new taxes are needed to “achieve a sustainable budget”– that we suddenly can save billions of dollars solely by, as he said in his budget speech, “making Harrisburg work smarter.”
    Could have started working smarter by saving $1.8 million.
    The report is replete with suggestions such as “reduce inefficient processing activities,” employ “best practices,” “eliminate redundancy.”
    Good ideas, no?
    It doesn’t say sell off State Stores, which Wolf has opposed. It says make them more profitable by buying some booze from suppliers for less and selling other booze to customers for more. I’m not making this up.
    It also says because the state buys tons of other stuff we could save tons of money by improving contract negotiations. Who knew?

    And it says savings can be had through prompt-payment discounts or extended payment terms and “broader financing decisions.” But it notes that figuring actual savings as a result “would require analysis beyond the scope of this report.”
    So, basically, we don’t know.
    Wolf’s proposed municipal fee for state police protection is in there. It’s an old proposal dating back at least to Gov. Tom Ridge in the ’90s. McKinsey suggests state savings (really municipal costs) from $63 million to $252 million — though a specific “pricing model” is “beyond the scope of this report.”
    But McKinsey notes $100 million in current or prior year “unspent appropriations” is apparently just lying around. It recommends the state “redeploy” these funds.
    I know, I know, you recommend redeployment to taxpayers.
    Speaking of which, the report tags the Department of Revenue for declines in collecting delinquent sales and corporate taxes. McKinsey says (I love this) the department “could consider increasing productivity of staff.”
    State Budget Secretary Randy Albright concedes that much of the report centers on “things we were already working on” but insists that it’s helpful to have review, validation, and comparison to what other states are doing.
    A McKinsey spokesman says the company doesn’t comment on client work.

    But clearly McKinsey isn’t impressed with how our state is run: “Several processing activities occur in agencies across the commonwealth that could benefit from process optimization, including call center operations.”
    In other words, y’all ain’t getting it done, and we heard about that unemployment comp call-center mess.
    There’s a small irony here. A potential GOP opponent to Wolf’s reelection bid, Western Pennsylvania businessman Paul Mango, is a senior partner in McKinsey’s Pittsburgh office. If Mango runs, maybe we’ll see a TV ad: “When Tom Wolf needed help running the state, he turned to Paul Mango’s company.”
    The question is, does the company’s report spark a reinvented state, or end up with past reports on some shelf labeled “consultant speak?”
    (If you dare, the full report’s at
    Read more by John Baer

  6. What????
    Governor Wolf hires (on our dime) to teach him how to run the state. 1.8 million dollars!!!!!! We paid Mango 1.8 million!!!
    This guy now decides Wolf is a complete dipshit, moron, stupid, completely inept governor so he is running….. You can’t make this shit up..
    Mango has all the state secrets and we paid him to get them. Could this be why Mary was fired?
    1. Hire qualified employees
    2. Go back to the mountain.

    Taxpayers tired of paying for never ending mistakes.
    Every employee you have hired from your campaign has been a compete disgrace.
    How much will your budget fight cost us this year????
    Wolf Change registration to independent.

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