Philly Democrats Line Up Behind Murphy
By Ben Griffiths, Contributing Writer
It appears that Southeastern Pennsylvania is firmly in Patrick Murphy’s corner, after the Philadelphia Democratic Committee and its chairman Rep. Bob Brady announced their endorsement of him Wednesday.
The endorsement comes a week after Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and District Attorney Seth Williams also threw their support behind Murphy’s bid for Attorney General – giving the candidate a huge endorsement edge in a city that accounts for around 17 percent of the statewide democratic vote.
“The Philadelphia Democratic City Committee is going to do everything we can to make sure Patrick Murphy is our next Attorney General,” said Brady in a statement. “Patrick took on terrorists in Baghdad courtrooms, so he’s clearly shown that he’s tough enough to take on criminals here in Pennsylvania.”
Murphy released a statement thanking Brady and the committee for their support.
“I’m honored to earn the support of Congressman Brady and the Philadelphia Democratic City Committee,” said Murphy. “Over the years, I’ve worked closely with Congressman Brady, and I can honestly say there is no one more dedicated to the people and city he represents than the Congressman.”
With Pennsylvania’s largest Democratic committee now backing him along with Democratic organizations in Delaware and Chester counties, Murphy has seized control of the southeastern part of the state.
This is bad news for Kathleen Kane, a former Lackawanna County prosecutor, who stood to benefit from a divided southeast part of the state.
No candidate mustered the sufficient two thirds for an endorsement by Democratic state committee in mid-January – in large part because the southeast Pa. vote was split between Murphy and former Philadelphia prosecutor Dan McCaffery. McCaffery dropped out of the race last week.
That said, Kane has a significant ($1 million) advantage over Murphy. Her family has contributed or loaned more than 2.25 million into her campaign thus far – plenty of cash to increase her name ID.
In a statement to PoliticsPA, Kane spokesman Daniel McElhatton dismissed the Brady endorsement.
“In light of today’s report that Congressman Murphy is trailing Kathleen Kane in cash on hand by over a million dollars and that he trails her by 16% once voters are given a short summary of their backgrounds, it is likely Congressman Murphy appreciated the news that he was endorsed by one of his former colleagues.”