In an interview with NPR out in Pittsburgh, State Treasurer took a shot at former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf in their battle for the Democratic nomination for Governor and also at sitting Governor Tom Corbett.
“[The Democratic Party] says we’re here primarily for working people who don’t have a house with a $200,000 net worth, let alone $20 million net worth,” McCord said. “To say we’re gonna give the nomination for governor to anyone who can write a 10 million dollar check out of their own household, I think it’s not right. It’s not the right thing for the Democratic Party.”
It was a not-so-subtle allusion to Wolf, who gave his own campaign $10 million, in addition to raising $3.2 million from other contributors.
Wolf’s campaign declined to comment.
McCord goes on to mention the problems with self-financed candidates and the distortion of influence between someone who can write a $10 million check, and a labor leader who has to aggregate finances amongst hundreds of members to reach a sizeable contribution.
It’s worth noting that McCord gave $1.7 million to his own campaign.
UPDATE: The following statement comes from McCord’s spokesman, Mark Nevins.
“Rob didn’t say anything that Tom Wolf himself didn’t say a few years ago, namely that a candidate that who is almost entirely self-funded should not be a candidate. For the Democratic Party to hand its nomination to such a candidate would be in conflict with Democratic Party ideals. Rob’s campaign is built on the support of people from all walks of life, from all across the state. As governor, he’ll never forget his own struggle as a child, nor the struggle of countless working families in Pennsylvania today.”
He also took a personal shot at Governor Corbett, after saying that he was owned by the energy industry.
“Now does he also have an appearance problem in that he took a couple million dollars? Yes, but here’s my problem: I think he’s not intellectual vigorous enough to be skeptical about what they’re spoon feeding him.”
A shot at intelligence is seen as somewhat “below the belt,” in campaigning.
“I’d think Pennsylvania voters would be better served if our opponents stuck to the issues instead of these types of comments,” Corbett campaign spokesman Billy Pitman told PoliticsPA.