Murphy Opens Wide Lead in Endorsement Race
Attorney General hopeful Patrick Murphy this week picked up the support of a number of Lehigh Valley Democrats and the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police, adding to his significant list of endorsements.
“As the son of a Philadelphia Police officer, Patrick is an experienced leader who understands law enforcement, and has always fought for us,” said FOP 5 President John McNesby. “Patrick has always done whatever it takes to keep our families safe, and Lodge 5 is proud to endorse him for Attorney General.”
FOP 5 represents 14,600 active and retired officers of the Philadelphia police and sheriff’s departments. Murphy’s father was a member, and Murphy named McNesby his campaign chairman at Tuesday’s event.
“It is critical that the next Attorney General understand the challenges faced by local law enforcement and an advocate for the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect our families. As Attorney General, I will be the partner that local police need to fight crime and keep our streets safe,” Murphy said.
Former Lackawanna County prosecutor Kathleen Kane is also running in the Democratic primary, as is Former Pa. Auditor General and former Congressman Don Bailey. The Republican candidate is Cumberland County District Attorney Dave Freed.
A representative from Kane’s campaign was on hand at Tuesday’s FOP event, according to the Philly Daily News. He handed copies out the following statement from Kane:
“I am fine with the head of FOP Lodge #5 looking after the son of a member. I have worked with police officers for most of my career and know that they are very loyal. Some of my best friends are officers and state troopers and became so on the job. They know I have been on the front line with them and always will be. Rank and file officers know what I am talking about.”
Murphy, a former Congressman from Bucks County, also picked up over a dozen endorsements from Lehigh Valley Democrats on Monday:
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski
Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan
Easton Mayor Sal Panto
Whitehall Mayor Ed Hozza
State representative Joe Brennan
State representative Bob freeman
State representative Jennifer Mann
Lehigh County Sheriff Ron Rossi
Northampton County Controller Steve Barron, Jr.
Allentown Controller Maryellen Koval
Allentown Council Members: Council President Julio Guridy, Ray O’Connell, Mike Schlossberg & Pete Schweyer
Bethlehem Treasurer Kiaja Farber
Easton Council Members: Ken Brown & Sandra Vulcano
Northampton County Democratic Committee Chair Walt Garvin
State of the Race
Murphy’s campaign strategy is to be the Democratic party warrior in the race, and it has paid off in his numerous endorsements. But it also carries liabilities, like this headline from the PA Independent: “Attorney general candidate’s email raises concerns of political agenda.”
The story details a fundraising email from Murphy’s campaign in which he says that Republicans, “are more dangerous than ever,” and he is “running for attorney general to defend our state from the GOP’s extreme agenda.”
“The attorney general has to be very careful not to be overly partisan, and not to get caught up in partisan politics,” Franklin and Marshall political scientist Terry Madonna told the PA Independent. “I don’t remember a time when you had these kinds of issues in an election for that office.”
Kane, on the other hand, has campaigned under the tagline “A prosecutor, not a politician” – emphasizing her work in the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s office. She’s pulled in only a handful of endorsements, including the Beaver and Westmoreland County Democratic committees.
“Our campaign has and will continue to focus on communicating our message directly to the voters of Pennsylvania,” said Kane communications director Josh Morrow. “We greatly appreciate the many important endorsements we’ve received to date and look forward to earning many more.”
It’s too soon to discern Bailey’s long term strategy, given his recent entry into the race.
This is Murphy’s full endorsement list, minus the Lehigh Valley Dems:
Ed Rendell, Pennsylvania Governor
Jason Altmire, U.S. Rep.
Bob Brady, U.S. Rep.
Mark Critz, U.S. Rep
Mike Doyle, U.S. Rep.
Chaka Fattah, U.S. Rep.
Tim Holden, U.S. Rep.
Allyson Schwartz, U.S. Rep
Ron Klink, Former U.S. Rep.
Kathy Dahlkemper, Former U.S. Rep.
Paul Kanjorski, Former U.S. Rep.
Harris Wofford, Former U.S. Senator
Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive
Dan Onorato, Former Allegheny County Executive
Seth Williams, Philadelphia District Attorney
bJohn Hanger, Former Secretary of PA Department of Environmental Protection
Joe Kohn, Former Democratic Candidate for PA AG
Michael Nutter, Philadelphia Mayor
C. Kim Bracey, York Mayor
Tom Leighton, Wilkes-Barre Mayor
J. Richard Gray, Lancaster Mayor
Rick Vilello, Lock Haven Mayor
Rick Lowe, Mayor of Swarthmore
Chelsa Wagner, Allegheny County Controller
Mike Lamb, Pittsburgh City Controller
Edward Cernic, Jr., Cambria County Controller
Diane Marseglia, Bucks County Commissioner
Josh Shapiro, Montgomery County Commissioner
Leslie Richards, Montgomery County Commissioner
Ted Kopas, Westmoreland County Commissioner
Mark McCracken, Clearfield County Commissioner
Connie Kough Pittenger, Huntingdon County Commissioner
Wayne Fontana, State Senator
Daylin Leach, State Senator
Mike Gerber, State Rep.
Dan Frankel, State Rep.
Matt Smith, State Rep.
Dan Deasy, State Rep.
Larry Curry, State Rep.
John Galloway, State Rep.
Tina Davis, State Rep.
Steve Santarsiero, State Rep.
Margo Davidson, State Rep.
Thaddeus Kirkland, State Rep.
Michael O’Brien, State Rep.
Dwight Evans, State Rep.
Ron Waters, State Rep.
Michael McGeehan, State Rep.
Tony Payton, State Rep.
Mike Carroll, State. Rep.
Phillys Mundy, State Rep.
Eddie Day Pashinski, State Rep.
Steve Samuelson, State Rep.
Bud George, State Rep.
Pat Harkins, State Rep.
Florindo “Flo” Fabrizio, State Rep.
Rick Taylor, Former State Rep.
Maria Quinones Sanchez, Philadelphia City Council
Bill Greenlee, Philadelphia City Council
Bill Peduto, Pittsburgh City Council
Brad Koplinski, Harrisburg City Council
Patty Kim, Harrisburg City Council
Democratic Party Leaders
TJ Rooney, Former Chair, PA Dems
John Cordisco, Chair, Bucks County
Marcel Groen, Chair, Montgomery County
David Landau, Chair, Delaware County
Greg Stewart, Chair, Centre County
Chris Tarsa, Chair, Lebanon County
Susan Hartman, Chair, Huntingdon County
Roger Lund, Chair, Adams County and State Committee South Central Caucus Chair
Frank Rosenhoover, Chair, Blair County and State Committee North Central Caucus Chair
Kathy Kane, Luzerne County
Don Hilliard, Chair, Jefferson County
Rick Thomas, Chair, Union County
Jessie Bloom, Chair, Lycoming County
Larry Kriess, Former Chair, Butler County
Richard Christofer, Chair, Lawrence County
Bar Johnston, Chair, Lehigh County
Rick Daugherty, Former Chair, Lehigh County
Sally Lyall, Chair, Lancaster County
William O’Gurek, Chair, Carbon County
Gail McDermott, Former Chair, Cumberland County
Thomas Spangler, Chair, Snyder County
Dennis Noble, Chair, Mifflin County
Bill Cramer, former Chair, Juniata County
Rheon Gelvin, Chair, Fulton County
Bob Borzok, Chair, Tioga County
Emmett Harrity, Vice-Chair, Delaware County
PA Conference of Teamsters
Laborers’ District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and Vicinity
Laborers’ District Council of Western Pennsylvania
Laborers’ District Council of Eastern Pennsylvania
Service Employees International Union
PA State Council of Sheet Metal Workers
American Federation of Teachers Pennsylvania
International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 126
Sprinkler Fitters Local 692
Plumbers Union Local 690
Ironworkers Local 401
Boilermakers Local 13
Boilermakers Local 19
American Postal Workers Union Local 7048
Communications Workers of America Local 13000
Steamfitters’ Local Union 420
Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers’ and Grain Millers Local 6
International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 3
Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association
International Union of Elevator Constructors Local Union 5
Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5
Human Rights Campaign
Pennsylvania Young Democrats
Bucks County Democratic Committee
Chester County Democratic Committee
Delaware County Democratic Committee
Lancaster County Democratic Committee
Luzerne County Democratic Committee
Montgomery County Democratic Committee
Philadelphia Democratic City Committee