PA-Gov: Wolf Forms New PAC To Sell A More Progressive Agenda

tom wolfGovernor Tom Wolf is about to have a little more muscle to back him up in his fight against the Republican-controlled state legislature.

With the budget due in just eight days, the pressure is mounting on Wolf to impose his own agenda, and the first-year governor has responded in force, creating a new political action committee, according to a report from Chris Brennan of the Inquirer.

Rebuilding Pennsylvania PAC will try to sell Wolf’s agenda across the state, while recruiting and supporting more progressive candidates for public office.

The Governor secured the seed money for the organization by selling his shares of the family business.

“He’s writing a personal check to get it off the ground,” Mike Mikus told Brennan. “We expect some contributions to come in as well.”

Mikus will be in charge of Rebuilding Pennsylvania, having run Wolf’s former Democratic opponent – and current Chief of Staff – Katie McGinty’s campaign last spring. After the primary, Mikus served under McGinty at Wolf’s Fresh Start PAC.

Wolf and Republican lawmakers have been at loggerheads since the Governor’s first budget proposal in March.

“The first year of a governor’s term is the most important, setting the tone for what is to come,” the Inquirer piece states, which has been especially true for the state’s last two chief executives.

For instance, Ed Rendell didn’t pass his first budget until late December after vetoing part of the budget passed by the legislature.

Additionally, Tom Corbett’s decision to make cuts to education funding set the stage for an unpopular tenure.

Wolf will hope the new PAC can boost his effectiveness in office, and with the most recent poll showing his approval rating inching to 47%, this could be a make or break moment for the new Governor.

20 Responses

  1. I wonder if the Governor knows that Mikus was fired from Bob O’Connor’s mayoral campaign for falsifying his voter registration address and just spent the last months, unsuccessfully, trying to oust all county and city wide Democratic incumbents in Allegheny County. Or maybe it just doesn’t matter to him. Either way, bad track record aside, just the type of fellow that you want on your side.

  2. Or maybe something stronger, like an anti-psychotic. What in the world are you babbling about?

  3. Says the one decrying Republican hate of women…

    Oh no, I’m being judged by a bankrupt racist hypocrite.

  4. That may be the first time that “intellectual” and PoliticsPA have been used in the same context. Take a breath, UR. Maybe a Xanax.

  5. I despise your intellectual dishonesty montco. The indignation is appropriate.

  6. Below are the contributors to Fresh Start in 2014. The total is just shy of $400K.

    100 | NINA WALLS
    100 | JOSEPH SBAFFONI
    100 | WAYNE GARDNER
    100 | CRAIG ZIMMERMAN
    100 | CAROLYN RUTH
    100 | ARTHUR HAYWOOD
    100 | CHUCK KRITKO
    100 | PHIL DUBROFF
    150 | WILLIAM C WITHERUP
    250 | STEPHIE-ANNA RAMALEY
    321 | MICHAEL HARDOBY
    321 | LOU BARLETTA JR
    321 | MARY BETH DUGAN
    321 | LARRY CAVALLO
    321 | CRAIG NEAL
    321 | THOMAS JOHNSON
    321 | J. MICHAEL ONIFER
    321 | JAMES GRECH
    321 | CHARLES SHAYNAK
    321 | JIMMY BROCK
    321 | JAMES MCCAFFREY
    321 | STEPHEN JOHNSON
    321 | DAVID KHANI
    500 | AMY HINES
    500 | ANN WOLFF
    500 | NICHOLAS DEIULIIS
    500 | FIREPAC
    1000 | DAVID HOLMBERG
    1000 | JAMES CORBETT
    1000 | MARY SODERBERG
    1000 | THAD BURKLEY II
    1000 | DANIEL GORDON
    1500 | DOYLE FOR CONGRESS COMMITTEE
    2000 | IRWIN ABATE
    2000 | AL BOVE
    2000 | DAVID LEE
    2000 | MICHAEL LEE
    2000 | DEWAYNE RIDEOUT
    2000 | PAUL RUSCHAK
    2000 | PETER MAGNOTTA
    2500 | SCOTT MIRKIN
    2500 | HARVEY E CAUTHEN JR
    2500 | ADAM WINSTANLEY
    2500 | MARION MANN
    3000 | ROBERT PUSATERI
    5000 | JAMES MCDONALD
    5000 | IRA WEISS
    5000 | 1776 PAC
    5000 | APSCUF/CAP-PA
    5000 | PP VOTES
    5126 | MARK PASQUERILLA
    5344 | DOUGLAS FARNHAM
    10000 | RAY BOLOGNA
    10000 | IUOE LOCAL 542 POLITICAL ACTION FUND
    15000 | AFSCME COUNCIL 13 POLITICAL & LEGISLATIVE
    20000 | JAMIE MAGUIRE
    25000 | KATIE MCGINTY FOR GOVERNOR
    33528 | PENNSYLVANIA SEIU COPE
    57759 | DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION–PA
    72999 | TOM WOLF FOR GOVERNOR
    75000 | LOCAL UNION #98 IBEW CMTE ON POLITICAL EDUCATION

  7. Shut up montco. You’re a clown. Republicans are sexist/racist but Chris Martinez’s shtick is hilarious? You dems aren’t fooling anyone. We’ve been reading your guys’ hate for a long time on this site. Hypocrites.

  8. Guys, don’t you know that only sexists criticize female public figures?! Obviously Kathleen Kane was set up and her staff keeps resigning because of the Old Boys Network! And the only reason Katie McGinty keeps making relations with the legislature worse is because they hate women!

  9. Mikus has such a great track record, I imagine all of the Republicans in state government will quickly give up and allow Wolf to do whatever he wants. Who can fight back against a juggernaut with such a win-loss record?!

  10. Man in power=Self-assured and in-control
    Woman in power=Smug and arrogant.

    Nice.

  11. Peggy, you completely lost me when you say Kane is intelligent. I thought so when she first ran but she has clearly proven to be anything but smart.

    McGinty is smart…but she just needs to be less smug and arrogant. That’s her biggest problem.

  12. Montco PA is right on! Some Republicans don’t like women who have brains and can think for themselves – that is both Katie McGinty and Kathleen Kane. Why do they always have to slam them? Both are very intelligent and I for one am sick of their bashing.

  13. It goes without saying that Republicans on PoliticsPA hate Democrats and anything even faintly progressive. But they REALLY hate Democratic women. Probably behind on their cootie shots.

  14. He would be off lighting his money on fire. At least he could heat state buildings after the budget impasse reaches winter.

  15. With Mikus calling the shots, you can bet this effort will consist of attack ads against Wolf’s opponents, not any selling of his agenda. The antagonized Republicans will dig in. Harrisburg becomes Washington. Taxpayers lose. In SWPA at least, Mikus’s act is wearing thin. He projects himself as PA’s David Axelord yet he constantly takes tasteless personal shots at and trolls anyone in either party who dares to cross the Wolf-McGinty-Fitzgerald network. It’s so unprofessional.

    Wolf should stop taking advice from the McGinty and Mikus and Fitzgerald. Taxpayers don’t want this endless political jostling. They want governance. Build bridges with the moderate Republicans that are left and advance as much of your agenda as you can. Taxpayers will notice and elections will take care of themselves.

  16. Why not call it:
    Fresher Start

    or

    Fresh Re-Start

    It’s nice that Wolf is putting some seed money in. How much money is left in the original “Fresh Start” and will any of it move to the new PAC?

    Is the original Fresh Start dead?

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