Richey Ends Campaign for Governor; Endorses McSwain

Pittsburgh attorney Jason Richey announced that he is withdrawing from the race for the Republican nomination for Governor and is endorsing Bill McSwain.

Richey, 50, entered the new year fourth among Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidates with nearly $1.5 million cash on hand. 

But with nine other candidates vying for the GOP nod, there has been concern among the party faithful who are worried that a widely splintered primary vote could hurt the nominee against Democrat Josh Shapiro in the fall.

According to the Associated Press, it has also propelled party leaders to begin working on a strategy to persuade some candidates who are perceived as weaker to drop out. They worry that a weak or polarizing candidate could theoretically win the primary election with less than 20 percent of the vote.

A recent Fox News poll showed Lou Barletta and Doug Mastriano leading the pack with 19 and 18 percent of the likely Republican voters, respectively.

“From day one, I was in this race to win it,” he said in a press release. “My primary goal has never been my own political future but rather restoring Pennsylvania to our place as the Keystone State that upholds constitutional rights, empowers parents to direct their children’s education, and embraces our energy potential.”

“However, today cannot be about me; it must be about leadership. My decision at this time will help unify our party and put us in the strongest possible position to defeat the left-wing Shapiro agenda in the fall.”

“For my part, I will be dedicating my efforts to electing Republican candidates for office across the state. First and foremost, I will be working to elect Bill McSwain as our next governor.”

“Like me, Bill McSwain is not a career politician but a political outsider who shares the vision of revitalizing our economy, restoring educational freedom, and removing the barriers that hold Pennsylvania back.”

“I am incredibly grateful to the thousands of Pennsylvanians who believed in me and embraced my campaign’s vision of putting people first and once again making Pennsylvania into a state of opportunity.”

In a statement, McSwain said “I am proud and honored to receive the endorsement of my friend Jason Richey, who has been a champion for economic growth, a strong defender of constitutional rights, and an advocate for school choice for all Pennsylvanians. Together, we will work to defeat Josh Shapiro and towards a stronger, safer, more secure Pennsylvania.”

Richey, who grew up in Aliquippa and attended Hopewell High School, is a partner and practices law at the K&L Gates firm in Pittsburgh, working on construction, energy and bid protest law.

updated to include McSwain quote

10 Responses

  1. Both Lou and Doug are weak candidates in a general election. Lou is a nice guy, but his weak effort against Sleep Bob in 2018 lost me. If Doug doesn’t think Trump lost, than he’s weakest candidate in the field and Shaprio will win easily. Then PA loses with a Governor who is even more liberal than Tom Wolf. Glad to see Richey drop out of the primary, good move. To others, think what is best for PA.

  2. The only way a Jason richey endorsement makes sense if he brings some of that McMahanon WWF money with him. It was a candidacy that never had traction and by the way, one could say the same about McSwain until he got the commonwealth nod. I would say McSwain is the guy to beat at this point. So richey got on the bandwagon.

  3. “According to the Associated Press, it has also propelled party leaders to begin working on a strategy to persuade some candidates who are perceived as weaker to drop out. They worry that a weak or polarizing candidate could theoretically win the primary election with less than 20 percent of the vote.”

    Obviously talking about Doug Mastriano here.

    1. Ding Dong Doug is an Insurrectionist. The idiots in the Trump cult supporting the chrome dome idiot should have their voter registration revoked.

  4. Jason Richey was a clone of John Ventre, who also recently dropped out because of the lack of signatures he received.

  5. I’m telling you all, when the dust settles in May, McSwain is going to be the Republican candidate for the fall.

  6. The ads published by R’s for Gov are all singing from the same Trumper hymnal except some seem louder than the others in Trump speak. It’s politics in 2022. I don’t see it winning in Nov but it is the state of life in the Republican Party.

  7. Number of primary candidates not hurting GOP. It is the pathetic quality of GOP candidates that is hurting GOP.

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