Former U.S. attorney Bill McSwain entered the Pennsylvania GOP gubernatorial race Monday, touting himself as a conservative champion in the marquee contest.
McSwain, a former top federal prosecutor in Philadelphia during the Trump administration, tore into the restrictions Gov. Tom WolfTom WolfPennsylvania GOP authorizes subpoenas in election probe Former US attorney enters race for governor in Pennsylvania Harris in Shanksville honors heroism, courage of Flight 93 passengers MORE (D) put in place during the coronavirus pandemic.
Wolf is term-limited and will not be running for reelection next year.
“I’ll fight to restore the freedoms that Gov. Tom Wolf has taken away. We will have no forced closings and no state dictates on how Pennsylvanians live their lives. Tom Wolf suffocated our economy, stifled entrepreneurship and paid people more not to work,” he said in a launch video.
As a Republican Candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, I will never stop fighting for the hard working families of our great state. I will show up and stand up for you, your family, and your freedom! I hope you'll join me pic.twitter.com/k11Dlh8AYe— Bill McSwain (@McSwainPA) September 13, 2021
McSwain also leaned heavily on his law enforcement background and touted his association with former President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE, stating that he will be a staunch ally of local and state officers.
“I’ll support our police and bring back the rule of law. I’ll never cut police funding and will stand up to those who try,” he said. “As President Trump’s U.S. attorney, I put criminals and corrupt politicians in jail. I put rioters, looters and arsonists where they belong – behind bars.”
McSwain has also been a supporter of Trump’s election fraud claims, writing a letter to the former president saying the Department of Justice had interfered with his efforts to probe election fraud claims. Former Attorney General William BarrBill BarrVirginia governor's race enters new phase as early voting begins Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation MORE, McSwain’s boss during his time as U.S. attorney, has batted those claims down.
McSwain is just one of several Republicans who has declared or expressed interest in a gubernatorial bid, including former Rep. Lou BarlettaLouis (Lou) James BarlettaFormer US attorney enters race for governor in Pennsylvania The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden wants Congress to pass abortion bill, pushes for Mideast cease-fire Ex-GOP Rep. Lou Barletta launches bid for Pennsylvania governor MORE, state Sen. Doug Mastriano, State Sen. Dan Laughlin and State Sen. Scott Martin.
Democrats have largely coalesced behind state Attorney General Josh Shapiro in the race.
The governor’s race is expected to be one of the nation’s most hotly contested gubernatorial elections.
Pennsylvania is already a key swing state, and Republicans are especially eager to flip the governor’s mansion since they already control the state legislature and would have complete control over Pennsylvania’s government with a win.