Wolf, Fetterman make first appearance as Pa. running mates

On the campaign trail, John Fetterman spoke to supporters at City Hall in Philadelphia. He has won the Democratic nomination to run for Pennsylvania lieutenant governor on a ticket with with Gov. Tom Wolf, who is seeking re-election. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

On the campaign trail, John Fetterman spoke to supporters at City Hall in Philadelphia. He has won the Democratic nomination to run for Pennsylvania lieutenant governor on a ticket with with Gov. Tom Wolf, who is seeking re-election. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s re-election ticket saw a shake-up this week, with Braddock Mayor John Fetterman unseating current Lt. Gov. Mike Stack of Philadelphia.

That makes Fetterman the first person to defeat a sitting lieutenant governor in a Pennsylvania primary.

Now, the new running mates are wasting no time in getting to know each other; they met for lunch at a diner near Wolf’s York County home the afternoon after the election.

The Ivy League-educated Fetterman, who’s also originally from York, has described his upbringing as comfortable — as Wolf has.

But as many observers have noted, the two appear pretty different.

Fetterman is tattooed, favors dark work clothes, and towers over Wolf — who resembles a professor.

Fetterman — who was endorsed by Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders — is also typically seen as politically left of Wolf. But he said that won’t matter.

“This is a role of service to the people of Pennsylvania,” Fetterman said. “It’s also a role that is deferential to the role of the governor. And he deserves to have a partner in his second term that understands that role and can be a close working partner.”

Throughout his tenure, Wolf has been notably distant from his lieutenant governor — particularly after he stripped Stack of his police detail for verbally abusing them.

But asked if Wolf had played a role in Fetterman’s win, both denied it.

“That’s absolutely untrue,” Wolf said.

“Yeah,” Fetterman chimed in. “That’s categorically false. Gov. Wolf’s campaign stayed out of the race absolutely. They had nothing but pure integrity throughout the whole process.”

Asked if he’s happy with the change, Wolf just said he thanks Stack for his service, and looks forward to working with Fetterman.

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