Ortitay Mulls Gubernatorial Bid
The list of potential 2022 Republican candidates for Governor grows.
State Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington) is the latest lawmaker to confirm that he’s weighing a bid for the office.
Chatter about a possible candidacy began late on Wednesday night when the Twitter account @CATargetBot noted that “ortitayforgovernor.com” was registered as a website.
Ortitay confirmed to PoliticsPA that he did register the domain and is considering a run for Governor.
“One day I’d like to run,” Ortitay wrote to PoliticsPA. “Whether its next term or sometime in the future.”
“It’s something I’m thinking about,” he continued. “At this point, all I’ve done is get a domain.”
Ortitay is currently serving his fourth term in the state House. He was first elected to the state House’s 46th District in 2014 by unseating incumbent Democratic state Rep. Jess White by nearly 13 points. He won by just under 25 points in his most recent reelection bid for the district that includes parts of Allegheny and Washington counties.
Ortitay currently serves on the House Education, Environmental Resources and Energy, Gaming Oversight, and State Government committees.
This isn’t the first time that he’s been mentioned as a potential candidate for higher office.
In 2017, Ortitay said that he was putting his name in consideration for the GOP nomination for special election to replace Rep. Tim Murphy in the old 18th Congressional District.
The race to replace Gov. Tom Wolf, who is term limited in 2022, is expected to draw several Republican candidates.
Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale formally announced a bid for the office in February, while the Cook Political Report mentions U.S. Reps. Mike Kelly and Dan Meuser, state Sens. Camera Bartolotta and Doug Mastriano, Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, former Lt. Governor Jim Cawley, former state Senator and 2018 Governor candidate Scott Wagner, former Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai, former Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Dave Reed, and former Lackawanna County Commissioner Laureen Cummings as potential candidates.