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GOP Businessman May Challenge Wolf

Addis opposed Trump during the election.

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Zach C. Cohen
Nov. 29, 2016, 11:09 a.m.

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)

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