Katie McGinty

With all the troubles Lt. Gov. Mike Stack faces (see here and here), it’s fair to wonder who might replace him as Gov. Tom Wolf’s running mate next year.

You can bet Wolf would love to have a face Pennsylvanians all know –- and rejected twice.

Katie McGinty.

Yes, the Katie McGinty who lost the Democratic primary for governor in 2014 to Wolf and his Jeep. Last year, she lost a quite winnable U.S. Senate race to Republican Sen. Pat Toomey in the most expensive Senate race ever.

McGinty showed up at the Society of Irish Women dinner St. Patrick’s Day and I couldn’t understand why. She met Hillary Clinton many times before so it couldn’t be the former secretary of state’s presence in Scranton.

Then, Stack’s troubles started bubbling up. Wolf had to head that off so he cut Stack’s security detail and other perks and demanded repayment of the Philadelphia hotel bills.

Why not replace Stack with the woman who chaired his alternative Democratic political action committee and appointed his chief of staff?

Last week, McGinty made a point of announcing she signed up as a partner in Militia Hill Ventures, a venture capital firm that funds life-science companies.

With our focus on identifying transformative science from around the world into promising companies that tap into the vast wealth of talent that Greater Philadelphia offers, Katie McGinty will be a powerful asset for our vision,” Militia Hill Ventures founding managing partner Dr. Joan Lau said in a statement. “Katie’s operational background combined with her national network and first-hand knowledge of the many strengths we have here in Pennsylvania will help us further establish our firm and region as leaders in creating and growing promising new life sciences companies.”

That announcement came from Mike Mikus, her campaign spokesman. In an email, Mikus said McGinty is not thinking about running for lieutenant governor.

I’m sure that’s true at the moment. I mean politicians never say one thing and do another.

— BORYS KRAWCZENIUK