Monday, March 24, 2014

McGinty has the green credentials to be Pa governor

 Katie McGinty on the campaign trail in Pittsburgh. (Tribune Review) 
Now that Pennsylvania's former Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger has quit the Democratic primary race to challenge Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's re-election, it looks like the candidate with the strongest environmental credentials is Kathleen McGinty
The question is whether she can raise enough cash to get her message before state voters in hopes of beating out four other better-funded candidates on the May 20 primary ballot.

As Melissa Daniels reported yesterday in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, McGinty's candidacy follow a decades-long career in environmental and energy policy, including years as a senior adviser in the Clinton administration. 

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She preceded Hangar as Pennsylvania's DEP Secretary under former Gov. Ed Rendell who describes McGinty as  “a strict moderate,” socially progressive and fiscally conservative. Under her direction, Rendell's administration worked to lure renewable energy companies, such as Gamesa and Iberdrola to Pennsylvania. 
To learn more about McGinty's childhood (daughter of a Philadelphia cop), campaign funds, and support for a severance tax on natural gas drilling, read:
Gubernatorial candidate McGinty builds name recognition, support.

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