State Sen. Dan Laughlin: ‘I like my chances’ in governor’s race, but fundraising lags

State Sen. Dan Laughlin: 'I like my chances' in governor's race, but fundraising lags

He’s called for the legalization of recreational marijuana, raising the state’s minimum wage to $10 an hour and basing future adjustments of it on the cost of living index. He’s a proponent of “banning the boot” so that poor Pennsylvanians don’t lose transportation over unpaid parking tickets. He’s rejected calls for an audit of the 2020 election and hasn’t hesitated to say President Donald Trump lost Pennsylvania and with it, the White House. And he says he’s “pro-leave-it-alone” when it comes to the state’s abortion laws. He’s not a Democrat — far from it — but state Sen. Dan Laughlin, of Millcreek, R-49th Dist., represents most of Erie County and says his “centrist” views put him in the best position among his “far-right” GOP colleagues to beat the one Democrat seeking to be the next governor, Attorney General Josh Shapiro. Laughlin, still in the first year of his second, four-year term, for months has been openly discussing a gubernatorial bid and could formally enter the 2022 race in the coming weeks. But even when that happens, his campaign will need a surge of contributions to stay afloat, he told the Erie Times-News in interviews recently. ‘Under-funded underdog’ The Erie County Republican, a 59-year-old married father of three, has raised a little more than $200,000 since forming an exploratory committee in early June, he said. Laughlin thinks most GOP donors are waiting for the field, which includes some 16 Republicans — including Corry businessman Jason Monn — who have either […]

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