With Tom Corbett consistently ranked as the most vulnerable incumbent Governor in the country, Keystone State liberals have an uncommon opportunity this Tuesday to draft a ticket of their choice.
That ticket is Tom Wolf for Governor and Brad Koplinski for Lieutenant Governor.
While other candidates like State Senator Mike Stack and Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith have campaigned as loyal lefties, Koplinski has shown an unmatched mastery of the issues that actually matter to the Lieutenant Governor’s actual job (he does stuff, we promise!) the support of party activists, and has garnered the full-throated endorsements of progressive allies like the National Organization of Women and the Sierra Club. Also, too, Shady.
To be certain, the other liberal Democrats in the race have many positives. While we like Mark Smith’s strong working-class message and think he has room to grow as a future party leader, Smith has failed to catch on.
Senator Mike Stack has morphed into a born-again progressive on issues like marriage equality and abortion rights – issues he was recently quite bad on – and has also “evolved” on minimum wage and marijuana reform. That’s nice, but we’d rather have a nominee who’s always been a progressive, not a shapeshifter. Additionally, his presence on the ticket would only serve to undercut Tom Wolf’s message, what with the noises he has been making about his willingness to go rogue.
Recent polling shows that Koplinski is within striking distance of the two frontrunners for Lieutenant Governor, Mike Stack and Mark Critz. If liberal Democrats can unify behind Koplinski right now, he has a good shot at reaching the 20-25% vote he would likely need to win.
So on Tuesday, cast your ballot for the best progressive pick for Lieutenant Governor—Brad Koplinski.