Pa-Gov: Corman Rules Out Gov Bid

Jake_Corman_headshot_400x400Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) revealed he will not run for Governor in 2018.  

Corman told his hometown paper the Centre Daily Times that pushing for pension reform while simultaneously running for Governor would create “unnecessary tension.”  Corman has made pension reform a priority during his time as Majority Leader.

From the Daily Times:

Corman — in his second term as majority leader — enjoys the job, he said, adding that he thinks it’s important to not use the position as a “springboard” to something bigger.

PoliticsPA reached out to Corman for further comment.  

State Senator Scott Wagner has already jumped into the race and is actively campaigning and consolidating support among party activists.  A primary fight between Corman and Wagner would throw a wrench in the ability of the Senate GOP caucus to function.  

Wagner’s early push puts pressure on rumored candidates to make a decision early whether they should jump into the contest: former Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley, Congressman Mike Kelly (R-Butler), western Pennsylvania businessman Paul Mango, and House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana).

7 Responses

  1. If Wagner doesn’t change his tune in his support of HB76 (the property elimination tax which if passed would devastate PA’s public schools) and the “bathroom bills” (which involve not only bathrooms, but also locker rooms, showers and overnight accommodations for schoolchildren) he will lose MANY votes.

  2. like congress as a example if an incumbent congressional member retires maybe.

  3. I think for he did made the right choice is to not run for Governor in 2018, but i’m hoping for he can run for reelection or run for a different office maybe.

  4. Sen. Corman can see the forest for the trees and is surely content to bide his time while others try to hop on the Trump train, just to crash and burn. With a Clinton victory, 2018 would have been a lot more attractive, but I suspect he will wait, at minimum, for 2022 to indulge any appetites for higher office. There is no sense in carelessly leaping when you have a comfortable gig like that, especially when he is all but guaranteed re-election for many years to come.

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