Doherty won’t endorse

Meant to post this yesterday, but had some Internet problems…

Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty says he won’t be offering an endorsement to any remaining Democrats in the gubernatorial race. “I talked to the candidates [Wednesday], and I told them I wasn’t going to endorse anybody,” he told me when we spoke yesterday. “I liked them all personally, and we got along real well, so I just thought, let the voters.”

Doherty is exiting the campaign to run for state Senate. He says the idea came to light as soon as he heard Minority Leader Bob Mellow, who’s held the northeastern Pennsylvania seat for decades, was stepping down. Doherty says he can better serve the people of Scranton from the Senate — despite the fact Democrats there currently hold a ten seat minority. “We have a lot of things going on in downtown Scranton today. Like our medical school — Commonwealth Medical College, which is going to be in more need of state funding. And we need a strong advocate in Harrisburg.”

Doherty, who had been lagging far behind other candidates in fundraising efforts, refused to speculate as to whether he’d have made the switch if his gubernatorial campaign had been going better. “You know, this came out of nowhere. You look at it and say, wow I could really do a lot of good here. The other case is kind of hypothetical. What’s the degree of doing better, and the degree of more money? So I feel real good about doing this.”

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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