Katie McGinty approached about running for U.S. Senate

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 8, 2015 1:41 AM

Photo by Marie Cusick/StateImpact Pennsylvania

(Harrisburg) -- Former governor, Ed Rendell, says national Democrats have contacted GovernorTom Wolf's top aide about running for U.S. Senate. 

However, Rendell says he doesn't think Katie McGinty will run and that she's committed to working through a budget standoff with state lawmakers as Wolf's chief of staff. 

McGinty served six years as Rendell's environmental protection secretary. 

Rendell says he expects the Washington, D.C-based Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will support Joe Sestak for the party's nomination if McGinty decides not to run.

A committee spokeswoman declined comment and McGinty is only saying that she's focused on working for Wolf right now. 

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has suspended his campaign.

That leaves Sestak a clear path to the nomination to challenge incumbent Republican Senator Pat Toomey in the 2016 election.  

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