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(Former Philadelphia DA Lynne Abraham, in 2006 file photo.)

(Former Philadelphia DA Lynne Abraham, in 2006 file photo.)

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By Larry Kane

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s the second weekend in December, and a traditional event in New York brings with it political speculation.

Add some and subtract some from the Democratic speculation for the Pennsylvania Governor’s race.

(KYW's Larry Kane)

(KYW’s Larry Kane)

First off: former D.A. Lynne Abraham denies party buzz that she may be mounting a campaign for the Democratic nomination for Governor. Outgoing Auditor General Jack Wagner, a favorite from Western Pa. has, according to sources, expressed new interest in a possible run. Rob McCord the state treasurer is allowing his name to be floated widely as a potential candidate. Josh Shapiro, head of the Montgomery County Commission, is on the short list but is non-committal.

The glittering Pennsylvania Society Dinner in New York is this Saturday. Hundreds are already there and up front will be incumbent Governor Republican Tom Corbett, who as reported Wednesday, might be challenged by Montgomery County Republican Commissioner Bruce Castor.

All of this speculation fades quickly if fundraisers don’t show up soon with lots of campaign cash.

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