Gale And Zama Are 2%ers In Pennsylvania Governor’s Race
By Bob Small
So now we turn to the Pennsylvania governors’ race, and only the Republicans are actually running a race. The Democratic race is already “fixed”, since Josh Shapiro is the only name on their primary ballot, May 17.
There are two GOP levels: front-runner and everyone else.
The “everyone else” are the three candidates who each have less than 2 percent support as per this April 15 poll by The Trafalgar group, which hasn’t changed all that much.
Each represents something, though. They are Joe Gale, Charlie Gerow, and Nche Zama. We will discuss Gerow in our next post.
Dr. Nche Zama is a transplanted Cameroonian (as is the 76ers Joel Embid) and he would be the first Afro-American Pennsylvania governor. He is a heart surgeon, and was quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer as saying, “I realized that Pennsylvania is dying and … it is very much in need of a cardiac surgeon for heart surgery.”
Joe Gale is a 32-year-old Montgomery County commissioner who is an unapologetic Trumper strongly opposed to Act 77, which allows for 50 days of no-excuse mail-in voting in this state. He is running against Doug Mastriano specifically, which doesn’t seem to be working.
His brother, Sean Gale, is running for US Senate, but Galeforce Pa. Is only a mild breeze. Joe Gale served with Josh Shapiro in Montco and became the best of enemies.
For a long discussion, see: Capital-Star Q+A: RINO hunter Joe Gale wants to make sure …
Lastly, there is the issue of shakedowns of GOP gubernatorial candidates by some Republican committees.
Nche Zuma considers this practice “unethical”. Joe Gale says “it’s corrupt and I believe the public knows it”. Others have also spoken against this “pay to play” practice, in which it’s alleged you can only speak to the committee if you have paid, and the number of minutes you can speak is determined by the amount you contribute.
Jeffrey Sheridan, a senior Democratic advisor, commented, “Charging candidates to speak at events is not a practice of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.”
Surely we can believe him, can’t we?