Skip to comments.Matthews to run for lieutenant governor (Chris Matthews' brother)
Posted on 11/28/2005 2:09:25 PM PST by LdSentinal
Montgomery County Commissioner Chairman James Matthews, a Republican, is running for Pennsylvania lieutenant governor.
County GOP chairman Ken Davis confirmed that Matthews will announce his candidacy early next month.
Davis said the party notified county Republican row officers, state officials, area leaders and municipal chairmen and women via letter that Matthews is running and that they were invited to come and support him at a press conference on the steps of the Montgomery County Courthouse on Dec. 7.
Matthews acknowledged Tuesday that letters were sent out to Republicans but he did not wish to comment further.
The Montgomery County Republican Committee will not endorse any candidates until next year but Davis said Matthews has his support.
"He is an excellent candidate," Davis said. "He has a lot of energy, good ideas and he speaks well. He also adds a lot of strength to the (gubernatorial) ticket by being from Montgomery County."
Republicans have acknowledged they need strong candidates to unseat Gov. Ed Rendell, who gets much of his support from Philadelphia and the eastern end of the state.
Matthews, who is serving his second four-year term as commissioner, owns and is president of Keegan Mortgage Corp. in Oreland.
He lives in Lower Gwynedd with his wife Karen. They have been married for more than 35 years. They have three sons; they lost their fourth son P.J. to leukemia in 2003.
Matthews, a native of the Somerton section of Philadelphia, is one of five brothers. One of his brothers is Chris Matthews, political commentator and host of MSNBC's "Hardball."
Another high-profile county official may take a stab at the office.
Political Web sites have reported that Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor has said he would consider running if former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann was the GOP's candidate for governor.
Castor could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday.
Happens in many families, one whack job amongst good people.Chris Matthews is the Osama of his family.
Chris will remain beyond hope unless he can get over his fixation on the Kennedys.
This Matthews is a big NRA guy according to Tweety.
Thanks for the bump. I would have missed this.
You're welcome. Many threads get lost in the night.
BTW, James Matthews, to me, looks like one of the panelists on the old "What's My Line" show. Not one of the original ones but a fellow who was on towards the end. He had kind of a whiny voice and it's been bugging me since last evening.
I understand Chris is the only dem in the family. His Mama must have been scared by a dem when she was pregnant.
>>I understand Chris is the only dem in the family. His Mama must have been scared by a dem when she was pregnant.<<
..or maybe Chrissy's circumsion went terribly awry and they snipped something else down there.