Okay… sign me up! As a former Pennsylvanian, I am so excited about this prospect I can barely stay in my seat. First of all, Rendell has been a disaster. Second of all, how cool will it be to have an African American REPUBLICAN Governor from the not-Blue-much-longer Commonwealth of Pennsylvania!?! (Hat tip – VtheK)
Lynn Swann Forms Gubernatorial Committee – Channel 4 News, Pittsburgh
Lynn Swann Forms Gubernatorial Committee
POSTED: 10:20 am EST February 24, 2005
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Former Pittsburgh Steelers star Lynn Swann has filed papers forming a campaign committee, his first official step toward a possible 2006 bid for governor.
The filing by Swann, a Republican, allows him to begin raising money. He filed the papers yesterday, on the eve of his first public speech as a potential candidate — at a Westmoreland County Republican dinner.”
Swann named his committee “Team 88” — the number the wore during a career as a wide receiver that won him a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Swann faces at least two prospective opponents for the GOP nomination next year — state Sen. Jeffrey Piccola of Harrisburg and former Lieutenant Governor Bill Scranton. The nominee is expected to take on Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell, who is expected to seek a second term.