|Name||William W. "Bill" Scranton III|
Scranton, Pennsylvania , United States
|| July 20, 1947
Apr 14, 2015 06:09pm
|Info||William Worthington Scranton, III served as the Republican lieutenant governor of the state of Pennsylvania from 1979 to 1987 in the administration of Governor Richard Thornburgh. He is the son of former Pennsylvania Governor William Scranton and a member of the wealthy and politically influential Scranton family, the founders of Scranton, Pennsylvania. |
After attending Yale University, he became the editor of a local newspaper in Mountaintop, Pennsylvania. He then became president and managing editor of the Greenstreet News Company. He entered politics as a member of the Republican State Committee in 1976. In 1978, he won the Republican primary for lieutenant governor and later that year became the youngest person ever elected lieutenant governor in Pennsylvania.
His dual role as Chairman of the Governor's Energy Council and Chairman of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council put him at the center of the Three Mile Island crisis in 1979. As Lieutenant Governor, Scranton hired Nat Goldhaber -- a close associate of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi -- as his top aide in Harrisburg. In 1982, he was unanimously elected as Chairman of the National Conference of Lieutenant Governors.
After his stint as lieutenant governor, he ran for Governor of Pennsylvania in 1986 against Robert P. Casey. The race was virtually tied until five days before election day when Casey's media consultants, led by a young James Carville, launched the now infamous "guru" ad. The television advertisement portrayed Scranton as having been a regular drug user in the 1960's and mocked Scranton's interest in transcendental meditation and his ties to the Maharishi. The image of Scranton as a "long haired, dope smoking hippie" is seen by political observers as having tipped the scales against Scranton in socially conservative Pennsylvania. Casey went on to win the election by a narrow margin.
After losing the 1986 election, Scranton exited politics for a while and held a number of positions in the private sector in California. He returned to Pennsylvania in 1994 to manage his family's interests.
Scranton supported John Hagelin, the Natural Law Party candidate and fellow transcendental meditation practitioner, in the 1992 and 2000 presidential elections, but supported President George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential campaign.
Scranton is considered a top candidate for the Republican nomination for governor in the 2006 election.