Rumor Mill: Jack Wagner is Asking Dems Across PA to Circulate #PAGov Nominating Petitions

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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.

About Jake Sternberger

Jake Sternberger is a recovering/relapsing political professional who has been a contributor to Keystone Politics since 2011. Sternberger covers campaigns and elections for KP, drawing from his experience working on local, county, congressional, and statewide PA races doing field, oppo, comms, and as CM. He is currently a law student. Email: jakes@keystonepolitics.com Twitter: @JakeSternberger
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4 Responses to Rumor Mill: Jack Wagner is Asking Dems Across PA to Circulate #PAGov Nominating Petitions

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  2. Julieann Wozniak says:

    I remember this weasel! Eeeewwww!

  3. John H says:

    If Wagner wanted to run he should have organized and gotten people to commit to circulate his petitions. We already have too many candidates for Jack to step in after the process already started and want people to do his bidding.

    I am an officer of the local Democratic party. I already have multiple highly qualified (and several unqualified) candidates. I have had time to research and decide who I will support. Try again in 4 years Jack but don’t wait until the last minute next time.