Keystone Politics is hearing from a handful of sources that former Auditor General Jack Wagner is asking key Democrats across Pennsylvania to circulate nominating petitions on his behalf in the gubernatorial race.
UPDATE (11:20 p.m.): Keystone Politics has obtained a copy of the instructions that Wagner is sending to potential volunteers, a copy of which we have posted here.
Wagner has no known staff and no statewide organization, and would need to gather 2,000 signatures with at least 100 signatures from 10 counties to get on the ballot.
Were Wagner to enter the race, he would be the only gubernatorial candidate from Western PA, giving him strategic ballot advantage. Still, Wagner has a high signature hurdle in front of him with no in-place infrastructure to count on for support.
And if he cuts it close, he can expect a petition challenge in court to keep him off the ballot.
Wagner most recently ran for Mayor of Pittsburgh in 2013, losing to Bill Peduto. Wagner ran for Governor once before, in 2010, and lost to Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato in the Democratic Primary.