Report: Castor To Run for Governor?

Previously ran against Corbett in 2004 Pa. Attorney General primary

Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor could challenge Pa. Governor Tom Corbett in 2014, PoliticsPA reports.

The 51-year-old former district attorney and Lower Salford resident is the minority Republican on the county's 3-person executive and legislative board, alongside Democrats Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards.

Castor told the political news website that he believes Corbett is "vulnerable" to a reelection challenge.

Corbett and Castor have a storied history, including a 2004 Republican primary race for Attorney General. The Republican State Committee endorsed Corbett for the post and Castor ran a grassroots campaign throughout the state, losing the nomination by five points.

Castor has served on the Board of Commissioners since 2008, but it's widely acknowledged that he spent most of his first term frozen out of the decision-making process by his erstwhile running mate, Jim Matthews, and Democrat Joseph Hoeffel.

Since joining Shapiro and Richards on the current Board of Commissioners, Castor and his colleagues have won generally high marks from observers for their bipartisan approach to the challenges facing the state's third-largest county, most notably the retooling of a 2012 operating budget that began the year with a shortfall of more than $10 million.

On the Democratic side, Shapiro has also been named as a possible 2014 contender for Corbett's seat. Shapiro declined last month to comment on those speculations.

Rofo_Rec December 06, 2012 at 04:58 PM
... and the fracking ... you're ok with that ? ... smh
Not narrow minded December 06, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Martin, crawl back in that hole u came from.
Robert Willi December 06, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Explain to me where Obama governed against the will of the people? As for Corbett he has done an okay job, but not taxing the Natural gas people is a big mistake. He should have learned from the past with the strip mining that was done and totally destroyed water ways as well the natural environment around those affected areas.
Tim Lewis December 07, 2012 at 12:33 AM
I agree with you in part. What you said about Castor applies equally as well to Shapiro.
Kathy December 09, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Does anyone know if either Castor or Shapiro attended the big Pennsylvania Society event at the Waldorf in NYC this weekend? That could be an indicator of any intentions to run for Pennsylvania governor.


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