PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Front-runner Tom Wolf is stepping up his defense of his record amid renewed criticism from one foe in the race for Pennsylvania's Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
During an hour-long debate Thursday at WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz charged that Wolf profited from the sale of his company while hundreds of employees were laid off.
Wolf responded that the layoffs occurred after he'd left the company and that he returned voluntarily to save it and the jobs it provides. Wolf told Schwartz that he's run the most transparent campaign possible and that his story of success in business and academia is both compelling and true.
The four candidates, including state Treasurer Rob McCord and former state environmental protection chief Katie McGinty, reiterated their similar views on most issues during the fast-paced discussion.