The LuLac Edition #280, August 7th, 2007
PHOTO INDEX: SENATOR ROBERT MELLOW AND FORMER U.S. SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS.
Robert Mellow wants to run for Governor. He's thinking about it and has a $700,000 war chest. Mellow has been making the rounds and will tell anyone who will listen that he might want to run in 2010. Mellow has formed an exploratory committee to prepare to run for governor, a newspaper reported Tuesday.
The Lackawanna County Democrat has been talking with influential Democrats about the 2010 race, has about $700,000 in his Senate campaign account and plans a fundraiser in the fall.
"I'm more than just interested; I'm focusing on it," Mellow told The Philadelphia Inquirer. "I've always had a strong desire to be governor."
The last state legislator to be elected governor was George M. Leader, a state senator from York County, in 1954. But Mellow, who has political contacts around the state, said he considered his 30-year legislative career a plus.
"I probably know state government as well as anyone else," Mellow said.
Others considering a run for the Democratic nomination include Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato; state Auditor General Jack Wagner, a former state senator from western Pennsylvania; former Ltn. Governor Mark Singel of Johnstown, Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty, and Lehigh County Executive Don Cunningham, a former state cabinet member.
Senator Robert Casey has gone on a foreign trip with Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin. Casey's recognition in this matter tells us that he is considered a "comer" by the Senate Leadership.
THE DEM DEBATE
Watching and listening to the Dem debate, I come away with the feeling that the Dems have an embarassment of riches in quality. Even the middle tier candidates, Biden, and Dodd are setting off the Labor crowd with their oratorical fireworks.
In January, Presidential contender John Edwards came into a home in Luzerne County on an energy saving mission. We thought you'd be interested in the video from his visit. Here's the link: