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Joe Sestak targets Senate while Tom Wolf adds to the pack

By - Last modified: May 20, 2013 at 9:50 AM
Brent Burkey
Brent Burkey

If for no other reason than reducing the potential Democratic field, midstate businessman Tom Wolf might have just seen his chances to become governor tick up.

Former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak recently announced that he'll run for the U.S. Senate instead of for the commonwealth's chief executive post.

Meanwhile, the Wolf political pack has grown with the announced addition of Obra Kernodle IV, who was southeastern political director in Pennsylvania for President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, according to a news release.

The Philly area has quite a few people living there. Having him on board coming from this market should help quite a bit.

Even though Corbett has suffered low approval ratings, there's a lot of time between now and next fall. If things get close, I think Wolf could end up posing the greatest threat to the governor winning a second term.

No match-up would be more interesting at the late stage of the game than what I'll summarize perhaps too generally and not precisely as pro-business versus knows-business.

On one end it's Corbett and his side's policies of wanting to privatize government functions that should benefit private-sector growth and innovation, keeping taxes and spending low, and rolling out the red (and green for money) carpet for business interests.

But none that have already been translated into action seem to do enough when so many remain jobless or underemployed.

On the other, it's Wolf's story of knowing business well enough that he succeeded in the building products distribution world at just about the worst time you could ever be in that industry.

Yet he turns around and says from this position of authority as a business leader that government is an essential part of the solution instead of just being in the way.

I will watch with popcorn and enjoy it immensely.

Brent Burkey covers retail, tourism, and Lebanon and York counties. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at You can also follow him on Twitter, @brentburkey.

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