The big news this week was the first shot across the bow that was fired by Rob McCord in his latest TV ad against Tom Wolf. While it wasn’t mean or vicious, it still represents the start of a new phase in the campaign.
Therefore, it only makes sense that this week’s round-up of gubernatorial election news would focus on these two candidates. This week we’ll take a look as Wolf and McCord trade political endorsements.
Last Saturday, Wolf held a press conference in Lancaster to announce the support of two prominent, local officials. State Rep. Mike Sturla and Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray voiced their support of Wolf’s candidacy and then joined him on a tour of the city’s Central Market.
Turns out this was just the beginning Wolf’s endorsements from lawmakers this week, as on Wednesday he received the support of two more State Representatives, Eddie Day Pashinski and Marty Flynn.
Pashinski is a four-term legislator whose district covers Wilkes-Barre and Flynn is a freshman representing Scranton.
“Tom Wolf has a commonsense plan to restore much needed resources to our education system and make gas companies pay their fair share,” Rep. Pashinski said. “Cities like Wilkes-Barre have suffered economically while gas companies have been let off the hook. I know Tom Wolf will stand with Pennsylvania families and that’s why I am standing with him.”
“Tom Wolf has made education his number one priority, and my priority is to help him get elected,” Rep. Flynn added. “Scranton public schools are in disrepair, and the state is holding money that we desperately need to repair our schools’ infrastructure. Northeast Pennsylvania cannot afford more funding cuts and broken promises – Tom Wolf will give our region the fresh start it needs to grow.”
“I am humbled to earn the support of Representatives Pashinski and Flynn,” said Tom Wolf. “Each of these leaders cares deeply about their community and understands that if Pennsylvania is to grow and thrive, we must invest in our future by focusing on education and standing up for middle-class families. I look forward to working with Eddie and Marty to help Northeast Pennsylvania grow.”
Meanwhile, McCord started his week off with another union endorsement. The State Treasurer picked up the support of the Scranton Federation of Teachers Local 1147.
According to the organization, STF Local 1147 is made up of about 1,000 current and retired employees. The McCord campaign stated that this endorsement brings the total membership of unions that are backing McCord to over 455,000.
“Scranton’s teachers are all in for Rob McCord,” said Rosemary Boland, President of the Scranton Federation of Teachers, Local 1147. “He knows what working families are going through and he isn’t afraid to roll up his sleeves and get to work. He’s taken the time to visit Pennsylvania classrooms, talk with teachers, parents, and administrators, and to come up with a bold plan that will demonstrate a real commitment to our students and schools.”
“My mom was a teacher, so it’s a personal honor, as well as a great boost to our campaign, to receive the endorsement of the Scranton Federation of Teachers, Local 1147,” said McCord. “Scranton’s schools, like the rest of Pennsylvania’s communities, have been hit hard by Tom Corbett’s misguided $1 billion in classroom funding cuts. The time for half measures has long since passed. Now is the time to go all in on our schools.”
McCord also scored the support of some State Reps., although these legislators are much higher on the totem pole than Wolf’s. On Thursday, McCord’s campaign announced that they have earned the endorsement of Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, Democratic Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Rep. Joseph Markosek and Chairman of the Allegheny County Democratic County Delegation Rep. Dom Costa.
“Getting the support of these three Western Pennsylvania champions – Dermody, Markosek, and Costa – is both exciting and humbling, because it shows that our plan to invest in education and working families is one that’s striking a chord, especially in places where people are really feeling the squeeze of the Corbett years,” said McCord.
“I’m endorsing Rob McCord for governor not just because he has the right background and experience, but because he will beat Tom Corbett in the general election,” Leader Dermody said. “When you look at what Rob has accomplished as a job creator, champion for working families, and as our state’s treasurer, it’s impressive. I want our next governor to work with both sides of the aisle and in both chambers of the legislature to get things done. Rob has proven he can do that, and so for me, Rob McCord was the easy choice to back for governor.”