Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has dropped out of the Democratic primary for Governor (and endorsed Rob McCord) for the sensible reason that his lack of fundraising success shows he doesn’t have the support to win the primary. Other non-Schwartz, non-McCord, non-McGinty, non-Wolf candidates should recognize the wisdom of this move and stop weakening the Democratic Party with a crowded field.
Rich Wilkins asks if the campaign has helped Pawlowski:
Did this campaign help Pawlowski? I guess, if Rob McCord, his chosen candidate now, actually wins the primary, it will moderately help. If not, he’s basically just a middle-sized city Mayor who didn’t go far for Governor. It certainly didn’t help break the notion that Lehigh Valley Democrats can’t compete statewide. I think my old rule still holds here- you’d have to go to Congress first to raise the kind of money you need, coming from here.
It’s true that it doesn’t really help Pawlowski’s prospects for advancing to a higher office, but on a personal level, I’d say it helps Pawlowski a lot.
One problem with being Governor is that it seems like no fun! But back in Allentown, Pawlowski has no meaningful political competition, and with the one-of-a-kind Neighborhood Improvement Zone district, he gets an amazing opportunity to oversee about a billion or more state dollars worth of new downtown office and housing development, and help make Pennsylvania’s third largest city a much better place to live and work. That sounds like a lot of fun, and I know I personally would vastly prefer that job to being the state Executive.
That’s a pretty great political career, even if it doesn’t mean advancing up the ladder to serve broader and broader publics.