Katie McGinty announced a high-profile endorsement today in her bid for governor: that of former vice president -- and her former boss -- Al Gore.
The Democrats have a crowded field of candidates -- including U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, state Treasurer Rob McCord and York County businessman Tom Wolf -- seeking to unseat Gov. Tom Corbett.
McGinty and Gore go way back. In the above photo, courtesy of her campaign, they are shown aboard Air Force Two in 1997 en route to Japan for negotiations of the Kyoto Protocol.
McGinty served on Gore's Senate staff as an adviser on climate and environmental issues and in the Clinton administration as chairwoman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She advised Gore on his 2000 presidential run.
She went on to run the state Department of Environmental Protection under Gov. Ed Rendell.
Below, Gore's comments on his "great friend and trusted former colleague," per campaign statement:
"I strongly endorse Katie McGinty for governor. She shares my belief that we can build a better country and improve the lives of hard-working families. Katie has always viewed environmental challenges as economic opportunities. She knows how to create jobs -- while protecting the environment. And she has the intellect, leadership skills and optimistic, can-do attitude to build a better and more prosperous Pennsylvania."
"Whether as head of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection or Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Katie has always believed that we can create jobs and economic growth, while protecting our environment, And she has the record to prove it."
"She attracted clean energy companies to Pennsylvania, bringing a billion dollars in new investment, and creating 3,000 jobs. Under Katie's leadership, Pennsylvania became number one in the country in wind energy jobs, number two in solar and a pioneer in energy efficient technology and systems. She knows that good environmental policy is also good economic policy."
"I strongly urge others to join me in supporting Katie McGinty for governor of Pennsylvania."