Pa. Lt. Gov. feels comfortable with his re-election odds

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Mike Stack has never had a close relationship with Gov. Tom Wolf. And it worsened last year when Wolf stripped Stack and his wife of their police detail and other staff after they alleged the Stacks verbally abused them. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Mike Stack has never had a close relationship with Gov. Tom Wolf. And it worsened last year when Wolf stripped Stack and his wife of their police detail and other staff after they alleged the Stacks verbally abused them. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor is officially running for re-election but it’s not expected to be an easy campaign.

Lt. Gov. Mike Stack says he will run on his record, especially in giving the incarcerated a second chance in his role as chair of the Board of Pardons.

When asked about spending heavily on travel and perks as well as allegations his family mistreated staff at the lieutenant governor’s residence, Stack said it’s been months since he was questioned about it.

“I haven’t had a discussion with the inspector general’s office for months since the outset when I originally cooperated fully,” he said.

Stack says he’s not concerned three Democrats are challenging him in next year’s primary, saying he had competition in 2014.

“That five-way race last time to get elected lieutenant governor was not close and I think I have more statewide support that I did last time, so I feel very comfortable about the competition and the race,” he said.

Congressman Bob Brady, chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party introduced Stack at the City Hall campaign kick off and state senators Vince Hughes and Sharif Street also were there in a show of support.

Two men who have been released through the parole process were also there saying they owe their lives to Stack and the work he has done with a second chance plan for the formerly incarcerated.

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