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Scranton Not Running for Pa. Gov.

June 5, 2001

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) _ Former Lt. Gov. William W. Scranton said Tuesday he will not seek the Republican nomination for governor next year because it would interfere with his business and personal interests.

He cited his responsibility for overseeing his family’s business investments, his pending divorce after a 12-year separation, and his planned marriage to another woman this fall.

``It’s not easy to start a marriage in the midst of a campaign,″ he said.

Attorney General Mike Fisher and Treasurer Barbara Hafer are currently the only major prospective candidates for the GOP nomination after another Republican hopeful, state Sen. Jeffrey Piccola, withdrew from the race in April.

Scranton, 53, lost one of the closest races for governor in the state’s history 15 years ago. His 83-year-old father, William W. Scranton, was governor of Pennsylvania from 1963 to 1967.

The two leading Democratic prospects are former Philadelphia Mayor Edward G. Rendell and state Auditor General Robert P. Casey Jr., son of the late Gov. Robert P. Casey.

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