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I am not familiar with Mr. Wolf, other than the few articles I have seen on him last year...such as this one...

I'm not a great fan of multimillionaire businessmen - or women - as political leaders, but Wolf seems like he could win where some of the candidates I think more desirable - AG Kane, for example -  might not.

PA is a divided state, with large numbers of conservative people along with our liberals and progressives and working class Democrats, and we have a LOT of gun owners among all of those groups that will not vote for a person they see as anti gun...will they vote for Wolf? Could he win? I have little doubt he would be better than Corbett, who belongs in prison rather than in government...

but what do you think and what do you know about Tom Wolf as a potential governor?

Originally posted to old mark on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 05:13 AM PST.

Also republished by Pittsburgh Area Kossacks, Philly Kos, and DKos Pennsylvania.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)
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    TofG, spooks51, Bmeis, Mostel26

    Bring me the head of Geraldo Rivera.

    by old mark on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 05:13:38 AM PST

  •  Sure he could win. Ed Rendell, a Philadelphia (2+ / 0-)
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    spooks51, Mostel26

    mayor, won, which many, including my father, thought would be impossible. And some millionaires have proven to be at least good moderately progressive politicians, but I'm still favoring Allyson Schwartz, Jack Wagner, or Katie McGinty. Schwartz has a nice base in southeast pa. to start from.

  •  I like Wolf... (1+ / 0-)
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    ... and I have been seeing a lot of his roll-out ads here in Pittsburgh (hey Poop!).   He comes across as a progressive who can win in Center County. Businessy yes, but with a great belief in public service which is what separates us from the beasts... and the GOP.  Not a fan of self funders but he is being smart by spending $$$ up front to win over active local Dems and committees.  Schwartz seems to be the anointed Dem this year but I'm not sure she's the best candidate.  I would put my money and energy behind Kathleen Kane if she ran but I don't see that happening this year.  Wagner couldn't win Pittsburgh Mayorship last year so I see his ship as sailed.  Wolf's ascension seems to push McGinty out of the box.

    Any of the above can beat Corbett with a competent campaign but BEAT HIM THEY MUST, so I'm going to look for the best campaign for the primary vote.

    •  Kane (0+ / 0-)

      Do you think Kane is going to run against Toomey in 2016?

      •  Don't know but ... (0+ / 0-)

        ... I had the same thought as I mulled the Guv question.  I think this year is too early for her to step up  and she has lined up some very high profile battles with Corbett for 2014 but by 2016 she would be a prime Senate candidate.

        That said, former Congressman/Admiral Joe Sestak, who almost held off Pat Toomey in the disaster of 2010 is already committed to a rematch and he is already campaigning full-time so he may have a lot of the ground troops sewn up before she can even get in.   Kane is awesome though and she deserves a bigger office at some point.

        •  Almost doesn't count. Sestak should step aside. nt (0+ / 0-)

          It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

          by Rich in PA on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 07:45:56 AM PST

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        •  I would almost like to see a primary against Casey (0+ / 0-)

          who has been a lukewarm Democrat at best...Possibly he might  step to the left a bit if Toomey loses to a Democrat in '16...Kane would be a GREAT candidate, but Sestak is already running and I think he has a chance if given some national support. I want to see it she has any thoughts of legal action against Corbett if he loses, too...he surely bears investigating in several matters, both as AG and as Governor.

          Schwartz is a" third way", at least AFAIK, still an improvement over Corbett...and she does have support here in SE PA.

          Bring me the head of Geraldo Rivera.

          by old mark on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 07:57:44 AM PST

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  •  I don't really know much about him (1+ / 0-)
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    The article did not go into details about his position on different issues. I will have to wait until I know more about him before I makeup my mind. It would take some real doing to find someone as bad as Gov Fracker has been. 99% of the time even a bad Democrat is still far better then a Republican especially today given the level of stupidity in the GOP

    Dogs and Philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards (Diogenes)

    by Out There on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 06:38:35 AM PST

  •  I didn't care for his TV ad. (1+ / 0-)
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    I've had it up to here and beyond with family-man-businessman garbage.  As noted above, there was nothing about what he would change or what his vision is beyond stupid platitudes.  All I know about him is that he has a lot of money and his mom thinks highly of him.  

    It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

    by Rich in PA on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 07:45:19 AM PST

  •  I know almost nothing about him (2+ / 0-)
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    Bmeis, harlinchi

    Hopefully people will write more.

    Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility

    by terrypinder on Tue Feb 04, 2014 at 08:10:08 AM PST

  •  Just looked at his web page and learned a lot. (0+ / 0-)

    He likes the Marcellus shale, but no mention of climate change.  Anyone running for public office who does not mention climate change is DOA!

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