Former Steeler Swann Wins GOP Nod for Pa. Governor

Associated Press
Sunday, February 12, 2006

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 11 -- Pennsylvania's Republican Party leaders endorsed former Pittsburgh Steelers star Lynn Swann for governor Saturday, virtually guaranteeing that he will be the candidate to face Democratic incumbent Ed Rendell this fall.

"I haven't cried this much since I was inducted into the Hall of Fame," Swann told the applauding crowd as he wiped tears from his eyes.

Swann, 53, was unopposed for the endorsement, which came in a unanimous voice vote during a meeting of the 300-plus-member Republican State Committee at a downtown hotel.

Swann is seeking to become Pennsylvania's first black governor. Though he has revealed little about his political philosophy, he has said the Democratic Party has "taken the African American vote for granted."

The Republican State Committee also endorsed Jim Matthews, the brother of the host of MSNBC's "Hardball With Chris Matthews," for lieutenant governor.


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