“I’m writing today because I’m seriously considering a run for Governor of Pennsylvania. I hope to make my formal announcement in the summer or early fall,” Turzai says in the letter.
In the letter, Turzai lays out success he has had during his time in office, mainly during his tenure as Majority Leader and then as Speaker.
“As Majority Leader, I made sure the GOP hit the ground running, with a pro-growth and pro-jobs agenda that delivered balanced, on-time budgets that reflected our shared values,” he says in the letter.
Turzai took the chance in the letter to take a veiled swipe at state Senator and Gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner (R-York).
“Unlike others, I have been carrying the Republican agenda for more than a decade. I don’t need focus groups to tell me where my principles are. And I’m not trying to buy this election with my own money,” the letter reads.
Wagner, the only candidate officially in the race, reported loaning his campaign $4 million already.
Allegheny county businessman Paul Mango is expected to announce his candidacy on Wednesday. Former Lieutenant Governor Jim Cawley, and Congressman Mike Kelly (R-Butler) are also rumored to be weighing a bid for Governor. House Majority Leader Dave Reed recently announced he will not be seeking statewide office next year.