SD-44: Cozzone Declares Challenge to Rafferty

Commissioner Cozzone

Commissioner Cozzone

Democratic County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone announced her intent to challenge incumbent Sen. John Rafferty (R-Montgomery)

Both were initially rumored to be seeking the respective nominations to fill the congressional seat left by Rep. Jim Gerlach’s retirement earlier this year. They both eventually declined to run, but will be opponents this year anyway.

“I’m proud to be a constant advocate for the people of Chester County and I’ve worked hard during my time as Commissioner to make this county an even better place to live and work,” said Cozzone ““While in Harrisburg Sen. Rafferty has voted with his party instead of his constituents on every major issue and in the past few years we’ve seen Harrisburg Republicans force too many cuts to education, lead too many attacks on working families, and not focus nearly enough on getting Pennsylvania’s economy back on track.”

Cozzone has been a commissioner since 2007 and was reelected in 2011.

Rafferty has represented the district since 2003.

He declined to comment on his newest challenger.

The Senate Democratic Campaign Committee is engaged in active recruiting to take the Senate back from Republicans, and protecting Rafferty may divert resources from other races that the SDCC is also targeting.

February 18th, 2014 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Harrisburg, Top Stories | 6 Comments

6 thoughts on “SD-44: Cozzone Declares Challenge to Rafferty”

  1. Annette says:

    Time to clean the HOUSE!

  2. Brendan says:

    @Joe- When do you remember Luzerne Country being solid red??? Are you over 100 years old? It’s historically Democratic.

  3. Isaac L. says:

    I think I’ve finally figured it out – either Poe’s Law is in full effect and “Joe” is a play on Joseph McCarthy OR he actually IS none other than Joseph McCarthy, back from the grave, reanimated by ALEC and a generous grant from the Koch Brothers (see, they’re not anti-science!).

    You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?

  4. Joe says:

    Yawn.. Another Bloomberg lackey. Hopefully the red trending of SWPA can offset this potential loss. PA has been overrun by filthy New York and New Jersey who vote Democrat Democrat Democrat Democrat Democrat Democrat Democrat down ticket like goose steppers in Red Square!! Take a look at Monroe and Luzerne Counties. I can remember both counties being Solid Red Libertarian and Conservative. Then NJ and NY filth bought their Soviet style voting habits with them. If the Dems (commies) also take the PA house, you can then call it PA Soviet Socialist Republic. Reasons being; Drivers licenses and “free” (tax payer funded) instate tuition for filthy illegals, and NY SSR SAFE act gun bans. To all you fellow SWPA residents, turn the upcoming senate seats in this region red. The JFK/ Eugene McCarthy Dems are long gone and if you re-elect the current ones they will sell you out to Bloomberg!! Wake up!

  5. 13thDistDem says:

    This seat is gettable for the Dems, and Cozzone is a great get. SDCC needs to take this seat if they want to take the majority, and I suspect we will see a lot of money and a close election.

    It’s lucky for Rafferty (and not nearly a cooincidence) that the district dodges the boroughs — Coatesville, Downingtown, Pottstown, and Phoenixville.

  6. Observer says:

    Good. Raff has used his seat mainly to promote his insurance business, and not much else. He’s been on the public dole for far too long.

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