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Wagner's still thinking

Published by James O'Toole on .

Former Auditor General Jack Wagner hasn't made up his mind, but he said Thursday that he is still "seriously considering'' the race for governor.

Mr. Wagner's continuing consideration comes as the seven declared candidates for governor were about to head to Hershey where the Democratic State Committee will decide whether or not to endorse one of the contenders.  Since it would take a two-thirds majority to get it, the odds are that the Democrats will end up with an open primary in choosing their challenger to Gov. Tom Corbett.

Mr. Wagner said that he would be in central Pennsylvania over the weekend, but that he was not sure whether or not he would stop by the party gathering.  In any case, since he's not a declared candidate, he would not be eligible to take part in activites such as the governor's forum that will take place Friday evening.

The argument against Mr. Wagner's candidacy is strong and gets stronger with each passing day.  He'd be getting started very late, and fund-raising would be a daunting challenge.  The arguments for a Wagner bid remain, however, chiefly his statewide name recognition after two terms as auditor general, and the fact that he would be the only candidate from the western part of the state in a field dominated by the Southeast.

Stay tuned.

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