Toomey to Stay Neutral in Murphy-Feinberg Primary
Sen. Pat Toomey is staying out of the intra-party struggle brewing in western Pennsylvania. The Senator’s office said that although he attended a fundraiser for Rep. Tim Murphy Thursday morning, he would not take sides in his upcoming primary.
“Sen. Toomey attended Congressman Murphy’s fundraising event as he has attended fundraising events in the past for Republican members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation,” said Toomey Communications Director Nachama Soloveichik. “His attendance at the event, however, is not tantamount to a campaign endorsement. Sen. Toomey intends to remain neutral in this primary.”
Murphy is being challenged by Evan Feinberg, a former staffer to Sens. Tom Coburn and Rand Paul, as well as the Heritage Foundation.
Toomey is the patron saint of viable primary challengers in Pa. Most of the activists who now consider themselves part of the mainstream conservative movement in Pa. got their start supporting his 2004 bid against then-Republican Sen. Arlen Specter.
Murphy’s campaign responded by emphasizing the Congressman’s close working relationship with Toomey.
“Rep. Murphy is focused on fighting President Obama’s runaway spending policies in Washington. He’s been proud to support and work with Senator Toomey and looks forward to continuing to do so in the future,” said Mike DeVanney, Murphy’s general consultant.