Jay Paterno, the son of legendary Penn State football head coach Joe Paterno, said Thursday he is running for lieutenant governor.

The confirmation came after Paterno said “someone found” his unfinished campaign website Thursday morning and began sharing it. The site is expected to be fully operational this afternoon.

“We’re circulating petitions, and we’re hoping to get on the ballot, and if we’re fortunate enough to get the signatures and get on the ballot, yeah, we’re going to run,” he told PennLive.com Thursday.

Paterno, a Centre County Democrat, had been widely rumored to be considering a run to challenge incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Glenn “G.T.” Thompson.

However more recently some party insiders had begun speculating he was eying the state’s second-highest executive position.

Should Paterno emerge from the crowded lieutenant governor field of six candidates that includes Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski and former city adviser Brenda Alton, the cult-like popularity of his family name would be a massive boost to Democrats’ hopes of defeating GOP Gov. Tom Corbett in November.

“It came down to, if I’m fortunate enough to get on the ballot, that I could have the most impact as lieutenant governor for the people of Pennsylvania,” he said.