Bruce Castor, a Montgomery County Commissioner, told PoliticsPA in a story posted this morning that he's thinking about challenging Gov. Tom Corbett in the 2014 Republican primary:
“I am considering the possibility of becoming a candidate for Governor,” Castor said. “I believe that Governor Corbett is vulnerable.”
For months, murmurs of a possible primary challenge have circulated among Republican insiders. Castor is the first person to say he’s pondering a run and he’s among the top tier of potential candidates.
“It looks to me like Governor Corbett has not fulfilled the promise he came into office with,” Castor said. “That could change and everything could end up being terrific a year from now. But if it’s not I want to be in a position where I haven’t sat on my hands.”
Castor, a former district attorney, has faced Corbett before, in the 2004 primary for attorney general. Corbett won with 53 percent.
The AP quoted Corbett's political adviser, Brian Nutt, pointing out that Castor's comments arrived just before the annual Pennsylvania Society weekend in New York City, with its mingling of political and business movers.
"This is the season of people talking about running for any number of elected offices," Nutt told the AP.