A truck driver and McKeesport native is running for governor as an independent, promising not to be accountable to corporate donors as he runs a grassroots campaign.
Richard Gordon made a little-noticed announcement late last week, saying that he was “running for the people of Pennsylvania, for our children and grandchildren.”
“If the same politicians keep making the same decisions, then the big corporations will grow more powerful and we the people will have very little confidence in our future,” Gordon said in his announcement (video at bottom). “When I told my friends that I was interested in running for governor, they asked what political experience do I have, my response is none. I have no idea how to take money from big corporations, or how to make decisions based on how it will affect my political career or benefit the corporations that have paid my way. I am not a politician. I would like to become your public servant.”
It's highly unlikely that Gordon will be an actual factor in the governor race (more on this later), but you have to admire his honesty (so far).
Richard Gordon might not have much of a prayer in his independent run for governor, but give him this much: he’s honest.
Check out his bio. I can’t imagine other candidates talking about their “gastric banding surgery” or “very long and bitter divorce.”
“I have opened my life to you,” he writes on his Web site.
Any mainstream candidates care to share less-than-flattering details about themselves?
To answer their question; no, you won't find any other candidate willing to expose themselves the way Gordon has.
This is a bit of a reach, but if a candidate like Gordon is ever going to be elected to a high office without experience or a huge bankroll, now is the time. Many Pennsylvanians are disgusted with the way the budget has been handled and have soured on their elected officials, but Gordon represents the complete opposite of your stereotypical politician. So, if he is able to effectively (and quickly) increase his name recognition, there is a chance (slim, to say the least) that he'll be able to win over Pennsylvanians.
Checking the Balance will continue to follow the race for governor.