Fetterman: It's Time For places That Gave It All To Be Invested In

Braddock Mayor John Fetterman won the Democratic primary for Lt. Governor

Marty Griffin and Wendy Bell
May 16, 2018 - 12:49 pm
John Fetterman

Hannah Jeffery


PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Braddock Mayor John Fetterman easily won the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor Tuesday beating out a field of five candidates.

Fetterman raked in more than 40 percent of the votes, about twice as many as incumbent Mike Stack, who finished fourth out of five candidates.

Fetterman tells KDKA Radio’s Marty Griffin says he knows the job of lieutenant governor has been seen as insignificant in the past but he considers it an important job.

“Whether it’s mayor of a small town that a lot of people have written off, I like to think we have a good example of doing just that and I think it’s a really important role and I think it’s important that the governor has a really strong partner that he or she can turn to . . . and really be a voice and an advocate and a champion for places like Braddock and places like the [Mon> Valley and places all throughout Western Pennsylvania that need to have that voice in Harrisburg and remind everybody these places gave it all and they deserve to be invested in and they deserve to be cared for,” said Fetterman.

Fetterman says he won’t go negative no matter how nasty the campaign gets.

“I’ve never run a negative campaign. I never will run a negative campaign and if you’d rather talk about negative that means you’d rather not talk about the issues and you’d rather not talk about [your> record and what you’ve done.”

Fetterman tells Griffin a strong turnout in Western and Northeast PA are two of the reasons he won.

If Gov. Wolf is re-elected, Fetterman will take over for current lieutenant governor Mike Stack, a former state senator from Philadelphia who lost his state police protection and was investigated, after an order from Gov. Wolf into the way he treated state employees.

Political analysts like Terry Madonna from Franklin & Marshall College say it's no secret Stack and Governor Wolf were never a team. 

“Governor Wolf, if he said two words to Stack the almost four years he’s been in office it would be three words too many. Everybody knew that they had no relationship at all,” said Madonna.

Fetterman was the only candidate from Western PA.

Jeff Bartos beat out 3 other candidates to win the GOP Lt. Governor primary.

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