President Bill Clinton hasn’t yet said whose name he thinks should be on the Democratic ballot for Governor of Pennsylvania in 2014, but this week he did say that Katie McGinty’s name should be on the Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters.
McGinty chaired the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) from 1993 to 1998. She went on to serve for six years as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection.
Despite Clinton’s best efforts at humility, the EPA’s HQ building was named the William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building.
During McGinty’s tenure at CEQ, she “worked to reconcile environmental and economic challenges, pushing forward entrepreneurial policies to combat climate change, rebuild dirty and abandoned properties, release more information concerning toxic pollution to affected communities, restore key ecosystems like the California Bay Delta and the Florida Everglades, and build new environmental protections into trade agreements,” according to her campaign website.
When McGinty left the White House, President Clinton heaped heavy praise upon her style of leadership, saying that “Katie has been guided by the firm belief that the environment truly is a common ground. She has strived to promote collaboration over conflict, and to demonstrate that a healthy economy and a healthy environment not only are compatible, but are inextricably linked.”
The most recent head-to-head polling shows McGinty placing 2nd in the Democratic primary race for Governor, behind Allyson Schwartz and just ahead of Rob McCord.