A case of bank-account envy?

Posted: February 21, 2014

COULD it be considered bank-account envy?

State Treasurer Rob McCord, one of the eight Democrats in the May 20 primary election for governor, said yesterday that it was "troubling" that a Democratic candidate could give himself $10 million for a political campaign.

That was a clear reference to former state Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf, a candidate in the primary, who made three contributions to his own campaign last year for a combined $9,981,192.

Speaking on WESA-FM in Pittsburgh, McCord said the Democrats "say we're here for the working people" who can't afford such largesse.

"To say that we're going to give the nomination for governor to anybody who can write a $10 million check out of their own household, I think is not right," McCord said. "I don't think it's the right fit for the Democratic Party."

McCord loaned his campaign $1.7 million in December.

The primary so far has had little public criticism among the Democratic candidates, who tend to share many positions on key state policies.

Wolf's campaign didn't take the bait, noting that he raised $3.2 million from thousands of donors.

McCord's campaign later pointed to a 2008 Harrisburg Patriot-News story in which Wolf said that candidates should not self-finance their campaigns.

The state Republican Party this week circulated that story, using it to accuse Wolf of hypocrisy.

Also yesterday, former state Auditor General Jack Wagner said he is entering the Democratic primary. Wagner finished second in the 2010 primary for governor with 24 percent of the vote.

Wagner ran for Pittsburgh mayor last year, but lost in the primary.


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