Doherty announcement tomorrow — update

According to the Inquirer, Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty is set to make an announcement “pertaining to his interest in [Bob Mellow’s] state Senate seat” tomorrow.

Doherty has lagged behind other Democratic candidates in fundraising efforts. Speculation about whether or not he’d drop out and run for lieutenant governor filled the weeks leading up to the State Democratic Committee meeting, and when Mellow announced his retirement last week, the “Doherty for Senate” murmering began right away.

If Doherty drops out, the Democratic gubernatorial field would be down to Dan Onorato, Jack Wagner, Joe Hoeffel and (possibly) Anthony Williams

UPDATE — Doherty has told the Scranton Times-Tribune he’s dropping out of the gubernatorial race, and will use tomorrow’s event to officially kick off a state Senate bid. I’ve got a call into the Doherty camp, and am hoping to speak with him sometime soon.

About pubradiopolitics
Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

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