Can a stronger candidate challenge Corbett?

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Pennsylvania clearly needs to replace Tom Corbett as governor. He is very vulnerable, for good reasons that don’t have to be reiterated here. Unfortunately, the field of candidates for this important position is undeniably weak. I mean no disrespect to those who are running. However, they are all largely unknown to voters statewide. I find it distressing that a front-runner has apparently emerged primarily because he has the most money to spend on the race (“Wealthy Wolf Takes Huge Lead in Democratic Governor’s Race,” Feb. 26).

Unlike our national politics, suitable gubernatorial candidates do not seem to percolate up from our awful state Legislature. There are some good folks in Harrisburg, but the Legislature as a whole is a negative association. Consequently, I am compelled to speak up. We need some real contenders who would inspire a little more enthusiasm and higher aspirations for state government in Pennsylvania.

If the people were able to petition outstanding and capable individuals directly, there are two good candidates whom I would nominate: Paul O’Neill and Joe Sestak. Both of these men have national recognition, not just state recognition. That is important in representing Pennsylvania. Moreover, these are both excellent bipartisan choices with integrity that transcends party affiliations. We need a truly strong replacement for the horrible Mr. Corbett. How about it, guys? Pennsylvania needs your help.

JIM LAWRENCE
North Side


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