On the Friday after Tom Wolf's big May 20 win in the Democratic primary for governor, he joined his fellow candidates and other members of the party hierarchy in a "unity breakfast'' hosted by U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, the Philadelphia Party chairman.
Among the party honchos chowing down at a South Philadelphia diner were Katie McGinty, one of Mr. Wolf's vanquished primary rivals, and James Burn, the state Democratic Committee chairman. Their unity didn't last long.
On Wednesday, Mr. Wolf sent an email to the Democratic committee members announcing his support for Ms. McGinty as chair, and state Rep. Jake Wheatley, D-Hill District, as vice chair of the party organization. Ms. McGinty sent a separate email announcing her candidacy and expressing her eagerness to work with the committee members, who are elected from state Senate districts across the commonwealth. The offices will be on the ballot at the DSC's summer meeting next week. Mr. Burn isn't ready to go quietly, however.
He said yesterday that he thought the last four years were successful ones for the party organization. Despite Mr. Wolf's preference, he said he planned to fight for re-election with his committee colleages. The North Side Democrat, a former member of the Allegheny County Council, said that while he admired and supported Mr. Wolf as a candidate for governor, he would frame his re-election bid as a vehicle for the committee's grass roots to make their choice.