- Associated Press - Thursday, June 19, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf is forming his own political committee rather than face a showdown over leadership of the state Democratic Party.

Wolf’s campaign said Thursday that it’s forming The Campaign for a Fresh Start, independent of the state party, to organize Democrats, Republicans and independents who support Wolf and Democratic Party legislative candidates in efforts to defeat GOP Gov. Tom Corbett.

Wolf named former political foe Katie McGinty last week as his choice for the next state party chairman, but incumbent chairman Jim Burn said he was prepared to contest the seat when the Democratic State Committee meets Saturday in Camp Hill.

Wolf won’t attend the meeting, campaign spokesman Jeffrey Sheridan said.

McGinty, a former state environmental protection secretary who finished fourth in a four-way primary race, said Wolf is “a different kind of leader, and this will be a different kind of campaign.”

The state Senate Democratic Campaign Committee applauded Wolf’s action and his choice of McGinty to head the new group.

“I commend Tom Wolf’s focus on not only winning the governor’s mansion but flipping the state Senate as well,” said Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny.

Burn did not immediately return a call seeking comment.