Western Pennsylvania businessman Paul Mango told a meeting of County Commissioners that he will run for Governor in 2018.
That’s according to multiple sources in the room at the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania’s GOP breakfast on Monday
“When asked if he was running, he said yes. He will officially announce after the primary,” said Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach.
Mango’s remarks on issues facing county governments.
“He did not sound like someone on the fence… he sounded like a candidate,” Leinbach said.
Leinbach’s account matched that of another county commissioner in the room.
PoliticsPA is seeking comment from Mango.
It would be his first bid for office, but not his first foray into state government. Gov. Tom Wolf contracted Mango’s firm, McKinsey & Company, to help devise a cost-saving strategy for the state budget.
Update: Mango was not involved in the work McKinsey & Company did on the cost-saving strategy for Wolf’s office.
State Senator Scott Wagner has already officially declared for the race. Former Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley and Congressman Mike Kelly (R-Butler) are also rumored to be weighing a bid.