One of the biggest races on the Pennsylvania primary ballot is the one for State Treasurer. The post was vacated by Bob Casey when he was elected U.S. Senator. Robin Weissman was appointed to the position temporarily on the condition she not run for the office. This way Gov. Rendell was able to appoint someone qualified and be confirmed by the Republican controlled State Senate.
Four Democrats are vying to run against GOP candidate Tom Ellis, a man with a very questionable ethics record as Montgomery County Commissioner. Jennifer Mann is seeking the women's vote but the State Representative's financial credentials don't compare with the three men running. Dennis Morrison-Wesley is one of three candidates with an extensive financial background along with Rob McCord and John Cordisco.
All four are from eastern Pennsylvania which is unusual. Statewide elections here normally split east/west. Since western PA doesn't have a horse in this race it's harder to handicap. McCord has raised $4 million from his Wall Street buddies (he's from the private equity, venture capital arena) and is the only one on television. John Cordisco, a lawyer from Bucks County with extensive Democratic Party ties (he's the Chair of the Bucks County Democratic Committee), is challenging McCord's Wall Street connections.
Cordisco is claiming Rob McCord will have conflicts of interest when it comes to investing state revenues due to his many campaign contributions from investment bankers. These people normally contribute to such campaigns in anticipation of getting business. It's one of the areas where the Treasurer's office has been stuck in the muck and mire of politics. McCord says he will recuse himself on investment decisions involving his contributors. If he'll have to recuse himself why elect him in the first place? The job of Treasurer IS to make these decisions and if we elect McCord he won't be able to do the job properly if he keeps to his promise. If he doesn't has the Treasurer's position been, again, bought by Wall Street?