During an interview Wednesday with WITF’s Scott LaMar, lieutenant governor candidate Mike Stack, currently a State Senator, said that he is not only as good as any of the top-of-the-ticket candidates for governor, but that he wouldn’t be shy about publicly disagreeing with his running mate.
Stack began by staking out his claim for the 2nd in command slot, saying that “for a relatively young guy, I believe I have by far the most experience of any of the lieutenant governor candidates.”
Stack went on, however, to claim that he could compete with Tom Wolf, Allyson Schwartz, Rob McCord, and Katie McGinty, saying that “even among the gubernatorial candidates, I would match up my credentials.”
Stack originally entered the 2014 race as a candidate for governor, but later decided to drop down to the #2 position a week after his biggest supporter, Congressman Bob Brady, endorsed Allyson Schwartz for Governor.
Later in the interview, Stack also said that he didn’t see the LG’s role in office as one to carry the banner for the Governor.
“I don’t really believe that your number one mission is to carry out the agenda of the governor,” Stack said. And when pressed about whether he would he publicly oppose the governor’s policies, Stack said “absolutely… I would disagree publicly.”
Stack justified his position by explaining that “the lieutenant governor runs statewide independently of the gubernatorial candidates,” so he should be entitled to independence in office.
The broadcast will re-air on WITF Harrisburg on Wednesday evening at 7.
Recent polling shows Stack with a narrow lead in the lieutenant governor’s race, polling at 20%. His opponents are former Congressman Mark Critz (polling at 18%), Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski (9%), Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith (6%), and State Representative Brandon Neuman (5%).