Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski dropped out of the Democratic primary for governor Monday, endorsing state Treasurer Rob McCord on his way to the exit.
In his short-lived campaign, Pawlowski said he had trouble raising the vast amounts of cash needed to fuel gubernatorial ambitions.
“I simply was finding it difficult to run a city and spend the eight to 10 hours a day fundraising that is needed to run an effective campaign,” he said. “Every time I sat down to make fundraising calls, another issue with the city would come up.”
McCord, who was a venture capitalist before he was elected state treasurer in 2008, is the best remaining candidate to push for creating good-paying jobs and economic development, Pawlowski said.
“We have had some very good talks, and I believe this is the person who can lead Pennsylvania to a new and brighter future,” Pawlowski said.
“Mayor Pawlowski and I share a common vision for the future of Pennsylvania,” McCord said. “We both believe in the power of education and economic development and the core need for safe neighborhoods. And we both know that, with appropriate innovation and investments, the best days of our Commonwealth are ahead of us.”
Several local officials joined in endorsing McCord at a news conference in Allentown, including Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez and Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer.
The Lehigh Valley endorsements could be helpful to McCord, political strategists say. With the major Democratic candidates in the primary hailing from southeastern and central Pennsylvania, victory in the May 20 primary may depend on their success in cultivating support in other regions of the state.
Seven candidates remain in the Democratic race: U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz; McCord; York businessman Tom Wolf; Katie McGinty, former head of the state Department of Environmental Protection; Max Myers, a Cumberland County evangelical preacher; former state environmental secretary John Hanger; and Jo Ellen Litz, a Lebanon County commissioner.