Onorato becomes fourth in Governors’ race

    The 2010 race for Pennsylvania Governor is getting more crowded. Another Democratic candidate announced his campaign Tuesday.

    The 2010 race for Pennsylvania Governor is getting more crowded. Another Democratic candidate announced his campaign Tuesday.
    Caption: Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato

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    Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato’s announcement brings the official field for next year’s Democratic primary to four. He’s joining Philadelphia businessman Tom Knox, Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel and Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty.

    Auditor General Jack Wagner is mulling a run, but says he hasn’t yet made up his mind. During an appearance in Harrisburg, Onorato outlined his accomplishments in Allegheny County, saying he’s put together a proven track record of consolidating government and reining in costs. He addressed the always-delicate topic of abortion, as well.

    Onorato: I also want to address an issue that has been mischaracterized early on, before I announced my candidacy. One of the issues has to do with choice and abortion. Let me make my position very clear-I am a practicing Catholic, and I am personally opposed to abortion. But as governor, I would not change the Pennsylvania law.

    Onorato’s fundraising efforts have impressed political observers. He’s brought in more than five million dollars so far.

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