The Tom Wolf campaign has issued a video endorsement from York Mayor Kim Bracey.
"I would not be mayor today, if I had not had a Tom Wolf in my life,'' Ms. Bracey says in the video while praising the York businessman's character and record in her community.
The support from Ms. Bracey, the first African-American mayor of York, would be welcome in any context. But its timing seemed to be a counter to some of the first barrages of negative publicity to greet the new front-runner in the Democratic race for govenor.
Last week, one rival campaign made sure reporters saw an editorial from the Delaware County Daily Local News that highlighted Mr. Wolf's role as a key supporter of the legal defense fund for Stephen Stetler, a former legislator and Rendell Cabinet member convicted in 2012 of using state resources for his campaign.
On Tuesday, Brad Bumstead, of the Tribune-Review, noted the Stetler controversy while highlighting another alliance from Mr. Wolf's past, his support for a former York mayor, Charles Robertson, who was tried but acquitted of being an accomplice to the murder of an African-American woman during racial strife in York in 1969.
Mark Nicastre, a spokesman for the Wolf campaign, offered had this to say about the controversies:
"Tom Wolf is a different kind of candidate for governor and people statewide are responding to his message of fairness and a stronger middle class and a fresh start for the Commonwealth. Politics as usual means that all kinds of guilt by association and false attacks will be thrown at Tom.
"Tom grew up with Steve, and they are childhood friends. Tom Wolf is running for governor and if anyone wants to talk ethics you need to judge Tom buy his actions and his plans. As Secretary of Revenue, Tom turned down the perks, drove his own Jeep, and donated his salary to charity. Tom has proposed the strongest ethics reform plans of any candidate. He has proposed a comprehensive gift ban and contracting reform to help restore trust in government.
"Tom had a professional relationship with Robertson from working with him and his administration to revitalize the city of York when Tom was chair of a civic group, Better York. Tom has the support of Ray Crenshaw, Robertson's opponent in the 2001 race. Crenshaw is even on Tom's campaign steering committee. Mayor Kim Bracey, the first African-American mayor of York, is also a strong supporter of Tom. They have worked together in a variety of capacities to help make York better for everyone''
One thing that's certain, though, is that should Mr. Wolf maintain his polling lead, such stories will be previews of coming attractions.