Next year, Pennsylvania will elect a new governor. That race is starting to heat up with five Democratic and three Republican candidates so far. The Harrisburg Patriot News had a good story yesterday assessing all the candidates in the field, featuring commentary from three political analysts.
Here's an excerpt:
On Nov. 17, Attorney General Tom Corbett and U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach were joined in the battle for the GOP nomination by state Rep. Sam Rohrer. The conservative will expand the dialogue in a party rippling from an identity crisis. For the Democrats, two Pittsburgh natives — Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and Auditor General Jack Wagner — want Rendell's job. Many insiders wonder if they will create a territorial split of primary voters, thus aiding the chances of Philadelphia businessman Tom Knox, Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty and Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel.
"All the candidates will have to say how they will deal with a recessionary economy — jobs, taxes and policies," said Franklin & Marshall pollster G. Terry Madonna. "What will they expand and what will they cut and how will they pay for government, regardless of their backgrounds?"