Budget deadlock politics are first debate in governor's race

July 16, 2017 - 9:22 am

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The slow-motion arc of Pennsylvania's budget negotiations is a sort of first debate stage for Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the would-be contenders hoping to contest Wolf's re-election bid next year.

Wolf has kept a low public profile. He's refused to discuss the ins and outs of negotiations, or cast blame, saying only that his administration continues to negotiate and that he's optimistic about getting a deal.

The potential Republican nominees have each tried to paint Wolf as out of touch or unable to lead.

They include Paul Mango, a former health care consultant from suburban Pittsburgh and state Sen. Scott Wagner, of York County.

House Speaker Mike Turzai, of Allegheny County, has all-but declared his candidacy.

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