Former energy executive Paul Addis (R) “is exploring a run for governor in the 2018 Republican primary, where the winner is likely to face” Gov. Tom Wolf (D).
He “hired Christopher Nicholas, a veteran consultant who knows his way around the Pennsylvania GOP. … [H]e’ll decide by next spring whether this thing is a go.”
“Addis … didn’t support [Donald] Trump (cast a write-in vote for president), and he isn’t running angry. He’s an affable guy who makes the case that his business experience, which he said involved reviving struggling companies and solving problems, is just what the state needs. But he is wealthy enough to make a substantial, though unspecific, contribution to his own campaign.”
“Addis said if he gets anywhere, it will be because people are frustrated with government inaction on longstanding problems in the state, and he’s got some fresh, practical ideas to help.” Addis: “It’s not just ‘no taxes’ or ‘more taxes’, or ‘more spending, less spending’, it means how to do things in an innovative, new way, how to fix problems.”
“Take another problem — the staggering unfunded pension liability for state workers and teachers. He says the only way out is a solution in which everybody sacrifices something, including current pensioners, who should accept a cut in benefits in return for seeing the fund become financially stable. It’s an idea that will get you vilified by public employee unions, but might go over in a Republican primary.”(Newsworks)