The Pennsylvania Young Democrats endorsed Tom Wolf for Governor and Brad Koplinski for Lieutenant Governor at their summit last weekend.
According to the Young Dems, the choice was difficult. Both former Secretary of Revenue Tom Wolf and Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz appeared to be capable of running the kind of robust campaign necessary to knock out Tom Corbett in November.
But Tom Wolf’s “populist campaign” gave him the edge over Schwartz in the final vote between the 18 members of the executive board.
“I am proud to receive the support of the Pennsylvania Young Democrats. I am running to give our state a fresh start and I am working to build a future where our young people can be economically secure and feel comfortable building their lives right here in Pennsylvania,” Wolf said. “I look forward to working with the members of the Young Democrats as we move forward and thank them for their confidence in my campaign.”
The board stated that they were equally impressed with the energy and enthusiasm of former Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection Katie McGinty and Treasurer Rob McCord. But Former Auditor General Jack Wagner did not earn as kind of words from the board, who said he “has an excellent record of public service for which he should be commended.”
The frontrunners in the endorsement for Lieutenant Governor were State Senator Mike Stack and Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski, but Koplinski “his wonky knowledge of public policy” which wowed the executive board and won him their nod.
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Pennsylvania Young Democrats,” Koplinski said. “Their commitment to our Party and its growth has made them a significant force in our Commonwealth. I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”
State Rep. Brandon Neuman, Jay Paterno and former Congressman Mark Critz also participated in the endorsement process, though their performances did not win them official accolades from the Young Democrats.
These endorsements are nonbinding, and any county chapter of the Young Democrats are able to endorse other candidates, but the statewide organization will coordinate their campaign efforts in support of Wolf and Koplinski in their respective races.
I wonder how much money Wolf donated to them… just another paid for endorsement
I heard Dan Hartman is forcing all YDs to get the same haircut as him.
Those grape taste a little sour, eh?
I support Wolf and Koplinski before I seen this endorsement, but its nice to see they agree.
Millionaire spending millions of his own money endorsed for his populist campaign.
Or, as I once said, freedom is slavery.
Sad they endorsed at all. How many members voted? No prize in this move. They used you for personal gain.
Koplinski was a shoe in considering he is friends with PAYD Executive Board. No Suprise there.
It is my fear that other more qualified candidates were not given appropriate consideration because of the inherent bias of the committee as a whole. Too bad.
Wolf gets the endorsement because he has the most air time? PAYD should have taken a page from the state committee as a whole and not endorsed. Way to show your colors, PAYD.
This was absolutely not a Kangaroo vote.
I’ve seen cleaner endorsement meetings in North Korea…
Wow, the endorsement of the Young Democrats will make a big difference, said nobody ever.
This is why they are young democrats they don’t know any better.