Conservative activist to challenge Governor Corbett in primary

Written by The Associated Press | Dec 20, 2013 11:29 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A conservative activist says he's planning to challenge Governor Corbett for the Republican nomination next year. 

Bob Guzzardi, a businessman and retired lawyer from the Philadelphia suburb of Ardmore, says he'll run if he can gather the necessary signatures by the March 11 deadline. 

All candidates for governor are required at a minimum to gather the signatures of 2,000 voters, including 100 from each of 10 counties. 

The 69-year-old Guzzardi says he wants to provide an alternative to Corbett for conservatives who are angry that Corbett has let them down.  

Guzzardi says the governor's support for increasing fuel taxes to finance transportation projects violated his no-new-taxes pledge and was the ``straw that broke the camel's back.'' 

He says he plans a low-budget campaign financed by his own money.

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