A United States Attorney who was nominated by President Trump has announced that he is running to replace Tom Wolf as governor of Pennsylvania. Bill McSwain will be one of several candidates seeking the Republican nomination in the politically divided state, aiming to win the 2022 gubernatorial race now that Tom Wolf has reached the end of his two term limit. McSwain continues to be a vocal Trump supporter.
A Republican governor for PA?
Bill McSwain resigned from his position as the top federal prosecutor in Philadelphia just days before President Joe Biden took office in January.
Now the former Marine and Harvard Law graduate has announced that in his first run for public office he will be aiming to secure the top office in Pennsylvania.
Democrat Tom Wolf is unable to run for reelection again and will have reached the end of his second four year term as governor in 2022.
McSwain had reportedly been making no effort to hide his plans to run in 2022 and wrote to Trump in July to ask for an endorsement.
If he manages to win the Republican nomination he will probably find himself running against state Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who is seen as the overwhelming favorite for the Democratic nomination.
Winning that nomination will be challenging for McSwain, who faces a number of other prominent Pennsylvania Republicans who are equally optimistic about their chances of beating Shapiro.
A Trump loyalist
If McSwain gets the endorsement from Trump which he has been seeking then the race to become the GOP nominee will likely be decided very quickly.
The former prosecutor is obviously hopeful that his past service under Trump will provide him with a path to become governor in spite of facing other candidates who may have more experience and name recognition in state politics.
Among those who will oppose McSwain is 2018 GOP Senate nominee Lou Barletta, who likely has the strongest name recognition of the Republican candidates.
McSwain has some cause to expect that Trump will support him given his actions during the disputes that followed the 2020 election.
As a federal prosecutor in Philadelphia he was close to the center of the controversy and he supported Trump in his claim that there was widespread voter fraud in Pennsylvania.
Given that he refused to remain in office under Biden, McSwain has shown an uncommon loyalty to Trump and he now hopes that this loyalty will help him in his quest to become a governor.