Sen. Toomey says he might consider a run for Pa. governor

Mark Abrams
December 10, 2019 - 10:13 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — With the race still two years away, a new potential candidate for governor of Pennsylvania has emerged on the Republican side.

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is weighing his political future, and he isn't ruling out a run for governor.

Toomey acknowledged during a forum at the Pennsylvania Society gathering in New York over the weekend that he has been looking at what it might take to make a move on Harrisburg.

The Lehigh County resident has served in both the U.S. House and now the Senate. He's in his second term, and the Republicans control the Senate right now.

Toomey told The Philadelphia Inquirer he'll be looking at the landscape after next year's election.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is in his second term and can't run again. There are a handful of Democrats positioning themselves to succeed him, including state Attorney General Josh Shapiro from Montgomery County.

Political analysts say Toomey could be an early front-runner if he decides to jump into the governor's race. The only other potential candidate expressing interest is GOP state House Speaker Mike Turzai.