Today in Philly:
PHILADELPHIA -- Riding high in the polls, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf defended his record from criticisms by primary rivals at a TV-studio debate here Thursday.
As they have before, state Treasurer Rob McCord maintained that questions remain about Mr. Wolf’s past association with a former York mayor once accused in a race riot, while U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz asserted Mr. Wolf has left unanswered questions about his family-founded kitchen supply business.
Armed with a much larger campaign chest than his opponents for the Democratic nomination to contest Gov. Tom Corbett, Mr. Wolf dominated the state’s airwaves early with advertisements introducing himself to voters.
He rose in the polls and stayed there, with the most recent public polling of Democratic voters showing him with far more support than Mr. McCord, Ms. Schwartz or former state environmental protection secretary Katie McGinty, who has stayed out of the fray in the attacks against Mr. Wolf. A survey made public last week had him 25 points ahead of Ms. Schwartz.
“The question I’m raising -- and I think it should be asked by the voters -- is really the story he’s been telling,” Ms. Schwartz said at the WPVI-TV studio Thursday. “The voters need to know who is he really? What does he really bring? What is true about his business?”