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Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski withdraws from race for Pennsylvania governor

Announcement comes as 'no surprise' to Tom Corbett's re-election campaign

Allentown mayor withdraws from Pa. governor's race

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - After much speculation, Allentown Mayor Pawlowski said the rumors are true. He's dropping out of the race for Pennsylvania governor.

The mayor said he has neither the time nor the money to make a successful run, so it was time Monday to put the rumors to rest.

"That speculation is true," Pawlowski said. "I'm going to withdraw from the governor's race, starting today. This decision was not easily made for me."

Pawlowski threw his hat into a crowded Democratic primary four months ago. He visited 56 of the state's 67 counties, but when it comes to money, Pawlowski said he's raised a little more than $346,000.

That's not enough money to compete 90 days before the primary election.

"One candidate put in over $10 million of their own money," said Pawlowski. "Other candidates $2, $3 million. I'm just a poor, working class guy. I barely have $1,000 to put in my own campaign."

After explaining that there is still work to do in Allentown with the new hockey arena and further job growth in center city, Pawlowski covered his own campaign sign to endorse current state Treasurer and fellow Democrat Rob McCord.

"Having a teammate like Mayor Pawlowski to defeat and evict Tom Corbett is huge for me," said McCord. "Huge."

Not only did McCord get an endorsement from Pawlowski, several other city and state political leaders also pledged to lend their support.

As for Pawlowski, he said the story of Allentown's revitalization is still a good platform to run on.

"It may not be my turn yet, but I'm going to work hard. I'm determined," said Pawlowski. "I'm going to work hard to make sure that we have the ability to run again in the future."

We reached out to the Corbett campaign for reaction to the news, and a spokesperson said the announcement came as "no surprise."

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