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Montgomery County Commissioner eyeing bid for governor?

By Bo Koltnow, Reporter, BKoltnow@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 05 2012 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 06 2012 05:06:40 PM CST

A political first could put a kink in Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett's re-election bid.

A political first could put a kink in Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett's re-election bid. The Republican may be challenged by someone from within his own party.

In 2004, Tom Corbett faced off against Bruce Castor for the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania Attorney General.

Corbett won but he could be facing the same challenge from Castor again, only this time for the Governor's seat.

"I'm serious about it," Bruce Castor said.

The Montgomery County Republican Commissioner said he'll know by spring if he's set to be on a collision course with Tom Corbett in the 2014 Gubernatorial primary.

"I did not expect to be spending as much time on the telephone from people around the state expressing interest in me running," Castor said.

Castor cites Corbett's low poll numbers, poor performance and an overall lack of leadership as reasons to run.

"The idea of an incumbent Governor challenged in own party is not something we've seen in history of re-election," political pundit Chris Borick said.

The Governor's response to Castor's potential run quote: "Everyone can dream."

Corbett also called Castor's criticism 'sour grapes', stemming from Castor's loss to Corbett in the 2004 primary for Attorney General.

Political Pundit Terry Madonna, says Castor could have a good shot a winning, with the economy playing a key role but admits the 2014 primary is still 17 months away.

"I think it's very difficult for him to turn it around but I will look objectively if he does and re-think the candidacy," Castor went on to say.

A Pennsylvania incumbent Governor has not lost re-election since the 1970's.