The 2012 election ended just more than a week ago, and already some are looking ahead to 2014.

In particular, they have their eyes on Republican Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett.

Democrats swept the statewide row offices last week, giving them hope they might deny Corbett -- a particularly unpopular chief executive -- a second term.

Among the names being tossed about is that of Tom Wolf, chairman and CEO of York-based Wolf Organization.

Although he's not officially running, the 63-year-old Democrat said he's definitely considering a bid.

Usually, Wolf said, an incumbent is hard to unseat, "but in this case that might not be as true."

In a Nov. 5 Allentown Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll, 38 percent of state voters disapproved of Corbett's job performance, compared with 37 percent who approved, the newspaper reported.

In addition to Wolf, those being mentioned for a run include U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro, newly re-elected state Treasurer Rob McCord, onetime Philadelphia mayoral candidate Tom Knox and Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, the Morning Call reported.

Along with McCord's re-election, local Democrat Eugene DePasquale won the state's auditor general's race and Kathleen Kane took the attorney general's office for a sweep of the statewide races.


York County Democratic Party chair Bob Kefauver likened the Democrats' success to a referendum on Corbett.

"He remains one of the most unpopular governors in the nation, and his policies and leadership style have been unpopular with voters," he said.

Kefauver said he was "thrilled" at the prospect of a gubernatorial run by Wolf, who served as secretary of revenue under Gov. Ed Rendell.

What's particularly interesting is it's not just Democrats mulling a Corbett challenge.

Another York County businessman, Penn Waste owner Scott Wagner, has been publicly critical of the governor and hasn't ruled out a run. Though he previously identified himself as a Republican and was an early supporter of the tea party, Wagner said he's "probably more of an independent than a Republican."

It's early for Corbett to panic, but he does have reason to be concerned.

Republicans at both the county and state levels are openly grumbling about his performance two years into his term.

The best Corbett's defenders can muster is that the governor is doing what he pledged during his campaign.

That's little comfort to the many Pennsylvanians alarmed now that they've seen Corbett's promises in action -- policies that seem to favor businesses at the expense of education and social services, for instance.

"No new taxes" sounds great until people realize that also means no fix to the state's crumbling transportation infrastructure.

Come 2014, voters might just be ready for a candidate in tune with changing circumstances and willing to listen to others -- and who won't make promises he or she can't, or shouldn't, keep.