York County businessman Tom Wolf wandered from store to shop to church to store in Bloomfield Tuesday, campaigning for the Democratic nomination for governor. He was accompanied by two of his more prominent local supporters, both of whom know the territory well. County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, who grew up in the neighborhood, started the tour at Dan Cercone's barber shop on Liberty Avenue.
They were soon joined by Mayor Bill Peduto, who represented the community during his years on city council. The gray stubble of Mr. Peduto's playoff beard matched Mr. Wolf's own neatly trimmed beard.
Greeting the Democrats, and helping to lead the tour of Pittsburgh's Little Italy was Jane Cercone Scullion, the president of the Bloomfield Citizens' Council, who presented him with the history of the neighborhood that she wrote. At another stop, at the Groceria Italiana, the trio shared a peperoni roll the size of a catcher's mitt.
In the Paddy Cake Bakery, they ran into Debbie Pekich Demchek, of Lawrenceville, who recognized Mr. Wolf from his many commercials. "You're the one I decided to vote for,'' she said. "I'm liking eveything you're doing.
Near the end of the brief tour, Mr. Peduto led them to a spot outside the parish house of St Maria Goretti's Church, to view the memorial to three police officers killed in a 2009 shooting in Stanton Heights.
Two of Mr. Wolf's Democratic rivals, Katie McGinty and state Treasurer Rob McCord, were to meet later Tuesday a few miles away at a panel organized by a variety of African-American organizations, but the Wolf campaign said that he had a schedule conflict and would miss the event.