Ad war heats up in PA Governor race

    Front-runner from Western Pennsylvania introduces himself to Philadelphia

    In less than four weeks, Pennsylvania voters will select Republican and Democratic candidates for Governor. The ad war is heating up for the Gubernatorial primary.

    Dan Onorato’s ads tout the Allegheny County executive who stood up to insiders, eliminated patronage jobs, and saved taxpayers money. And they repeatedly bill him as “the Democrat for Governor.”

    Onorato is in fact competing against three other Democratic candidates: Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel, Auditor General Jack Wagner, and state Senator Anthony Hardy Williams.

    Lara Brown is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Villanova University.

    “Obviously Onorato has the money to sweep this Democratic primary but it seems to me like Jack Wagner, at least in other parts of the state might be…at least a strong runner up. He’s been on a statewide ballot, he has statewide name recognition. So I’m not so sure it’s going to be just the simple sweep.”

    In the Republican primary, state Attorney General Tom Corbett faces state Representative Sam Rohrer.

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