Guilty plea to cap steep fall for ex-Pennsylvania treasurer

Rob McCord
FILE--In this May 17, 2014 file photo, Pennsylvania state Treasurer Rob McCord, addresses supporters during a campaign stop in Pittsburgh when he was running for governor. McCord announced on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, that he is stepping down as Treasurer after six years in the office. The Democrat who just ran unsuccessfully for governor gave no indication what he had planned for his future. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – It’s been a hard fall for Rob McCord.

He announced his candidacy for Pennsylvania governor in September 2013, fresh off his re-election as state treasurer. Less than a year-and-a-half later, McCord is out of public office after being beaten soundly in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. He also is facing possible prison time in a campaign finance case.

On Tuesday, McCord is expected in a federal courtroom in Harrisburg to plead guilty to two counts of extortion stemming from allegations that he used his treasurer position to threaten two potential donors during his failed gubernatorial campaign.

The investigation has fueled speculation about what led investigators to record McCord’s conversations, what took so long to charge him and whether he cooperated against anybody else in the political or finance communities.

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