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Jan. 14, 2014, 2:16 p.m.

Of­fi­cially launch­ing his GOV bid on 10/6, Al­legheny Co. Ex­ec. Dan Onor­ato (D) “will join a crowded race of at least five” Dems “with vary­ing claims to the re­gion­al and ideo­lo­gic­al bases of the party.” Onor­ato “starts out with sig­ni­fic­ant as­sets in the race: name re­cog­ni­tion in one of the” state’s Dem “strong­holds, demon­strated” fun­drais­ing “prowess and the abil­ity to por­tray him­self as an” ex­ec. “who presided over a re­gion­al eco­nomy re­bound­ing from long-term dis­tress.” But among his Dem “rivals are can­did­ates who will com­pete with him for each of those po­ten­tial strengths.”

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By 10/6, Aud. Jack Wag­n­er (D) “will be the only pre­sumed can­did­ate yet to make an of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment, but has said re­peatedly that he in­tends to enter the race.” Wag­n­er “shares not just a geo­graph­ic­al base with” Onor­ato, “but po­s­i­tions on so­cial is­sues on the con­ser­vat­ive side” of the Dem spec­trum. “Both are pro-life and gen­er­ally op­pose tight­er re­stric­tions on fire­arms” (O’Toole, Pitt­s­burgh Post-Gaz­ette, 10/5).

Onor­ato is­sued a state­ment on 10/2 about his an­nounce­ment. Onor­ato: “I have been pre­par­ing for this an­nounce­ment for some time now: from my nearly two dec­ades of ex­per­i­ence in elec­ted of­fice to my con­ver­sa­tions with Pennsylvani­ans from across our Com­mon­wealth over the last two years. I de­cided to run for Gov­ernor be­cause Pennsylvani­ans need real change. Wall Street’s eco­nom­ic crisis has crippled Main Street. Too many fam­il­ies are strug­gling to make ends meet as in­dus­tries col­lapse and jobs dis­ap­pear. Stu­dents are forced to find af­ford­able edu­ca­tion else­where and choose not to re­turn. And amidst these chal­len­ging times, our lead­ers in Har­ris­burg are fo­cused on petty par­tis­an­ship rather than find­ing in­nov­at­ive solu­tions to Pennsylvania’s prob­lems” (McN­ulty, “Early Re­turns,” Pitt­s­burgh Post-Gaz­ette, 10/2).

With Onor­ato kick­ing off his GOV bid in Philly, the Pitt­s­burgh Tribune-Re­view writes: “Talk about a Steel City snub.” Onor­ato, by not mak­ing the an­nounce­ment “from his North Side neigh­bor­hood, from which he first emerged from polit­ic­al ob­scur­ity by win­ning a seat on Pitt­s­burgh City Coun­cil,” or the Al­legheny Co. Court­house, where he “has worked for years,” nor “any­where with­in a five-hour drive of his West­ern Pennsylvania polit­ic­al base,” won’t be “court­ing the ho­met­own crowd un­til” later on 10/6, “when he makes an ap­pear­ance at the In­ter­na­tion­al Broth­er­hood of Elec­tric­al Work­ers hall on the South Side.”

“For­get­ting your roots is one sure way to ali­en­ate your polit­ic­al base, which is about as far from Philly as you can get,” and when it comes time for Wag­n­er to de­clare his bid, “we bet he doesn’t stray far from his Beechview be­gin­nings” (10/4).

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