Turzai Running For Governor
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pennsylvania's Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai tells AP he's running for governor.
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Update: Turzai released a video kicking off his campaign, talking mainly about his work to prevent tax increases, and liquor privatization.
“As Speaker of the Pennsylvania House, we’ve been the last line of defense against every imaginable scheme to take away your hard earned dollars and freedom. We’ve stopped billions in taxes on working families. We blocked massive new taxes on jobs—all across the Commonwealth—and at the very moment when we were about to unleash real energy independence. Against blistering, million dollar attacks, we dug in, fought back, and protected those jobs,” Turzai said in the video.
You can watch the video below.
Turzai will be the fourth Republican entering the race for Governor, and the third from Allegheny county.
Turzai had been playing a “will he, won’t he” game about a possible run for months leading up to today’s announcement.
Update: The Pennsylvania Democratic Party went on the offensive against Turzai, accusing him of prolonging the budget stalemate for political gain.
“Now it’s apparent that political insider Mike Turzai paralyzed state government and caused a credit downgrade so he could advance his own political ambitions and protect his donors in the oil and gas industry,” Pa. Dems Communications Director Beth Melena said.
Pittsburgh business people Laura Ellsworth and Paul Mango, and state Senator Scott Wagner (R-York) are also running for Governor.