Burns CM Kelly Joins Freed AG Campaign

Tim Kelly, the Republican operative who managed Tim Burns’ short-lived campaign for U.S. Senate, has taken the reins of Dave Freed’s race for Attorney General. A District Attorney in Cumberland County, Freed is the only Republican candidate for the office.

“We’re thrilled to have Tim on board. He’s a great guy with extensive Pennsylvania political experience,” Freed said. “We have a fight ahead of us this year, but I could not be more confident in the team we’re building.”

Several GOP insiders say Freed’s campaign for AG is Governor Tom Corbett’s top electoral priority in 2012. As such, his campaign contains a number of heavy-hitting Republican operatives:

Bob Branstetter, Senior adviser and direct mail consultant
Vince Galko, general consultant
Brabender/Cox, media advisors
Jennifer Holman Zaborney, finance director
Carey Dunn and Amy Petraglia, western Pa. fundraisers
Kristin Clarke, eastern Pa. fundraiser

“It’s an honor to sign on with the Freed campaign,” Kelly said. “Pennsylvania voters will have a very clear choice to make in the race for Attorney General and Team Freed plans on making their Election Day decision an easy one.”

Freed will face one of three Democrats: Don Bailey, a former Congressman and Auditor General; Kathleen Kane, a former assistant District Attorney from Lackawanna County; and Patrick Murphy, a former Congressman from Bucks County.

By and large, Republican operatives regard the opposing candidates – particularly Kane and Murphy – as the strongest field Democrats have fielded since Attorney General became an elected position in 1980. No Democrat has ever won the office.

With no primary opponent, Freed has the luxury of time. Much of his campaign between now and April 24, and indeed even afterward, will focus on fundraising.

Burns, a candidate for Congress in 2010, met with initial success on the campaign trail for U.S. Senate. But he held just third place in the race of self-funders. He dropped out shortly after GOP state committee endorsed Chester County entrepreneur Steve Welch.

4 Responses

  1. It wouldnt surprise one if that was Freed or Corbett in that last comment. Look whos talking, the corrupt Bunch of clowns.

  2. It is so funny when the Bailey followers get access to the internet inside their mental ward. Bailey is about ten minutes away from losing his license to practice law. How does he serve as Attorney General when he is not a licensed attorney? Once again, he went off the deep end in court, and had to be admonished by a federal judge. The story got picked up by a national legal web site:

    http://abovethelaw.com/2012/03/benchslap-of-the-day-the-lawyer-loves-me-lawyer-loves-me-not/

  3. Sorry but Pa does not want or need another Republican AG. Who really cares who endorses u, its we the people who have the power in this state & were taking our state back, thank you!!!
    Mr Bailey all the way!

  4. You see, just do what you’re told and the state party will throw you a table scrap.

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