Businessman Paul Mango (R), “like the man he hopes to replace, is a political unknown who comes from the business world. And that, he said, is about all he shares with” Gov. Tom Wolf (D).
Mango: “I built a half-billion-dollar health-care business at McKinsey & Co. I didn’t take over my dad’s business and sell it to a private equity firm.”
“Mango said he does not want to roll back Medicaid expansion, which gave health coverage to up to 800,000 working-poor Pennsylvanians, though he would like freedom from some federal regulations to build in wellness incentives for recipients. … To Democrats, it is significant that Mango did not explicitly rule out applying for a waiver if the so-called Trumpcare bill is enacted. They also noted that the GOP bill would limit money states can use for Medicaid.”
“Mango has given more than $200,000 to Republican candidates and causes since 2003, federal records show, including” former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) in 2016 and Sen. Pat Toomey (R). (Philly.com)
BACKGROUNDER. “Wolf’s comeback is being noticed. Whispers of ‘one-term Tom’ are gone.”
“Coming into office, Wolf had sought a multibillion-dollar tax increase to resolve a stubborn deficit. … At the height of the stalemate last spring, Wolf’s approval rating sank below that of his three predecessors … at the same point in their first terms. … The soft-spoken Wolf quickly turned to a new message of can-do bipartisanship.”
“In February, Wolf delivered his third budget proposal, stressing austerity. For the first time, he did not propose an increase in the sales or income tax rates, offering instead a $1 billion tax package that he promoted as shutting corporate tax loopholes.” (AP)