While several Pennsylvania Democrats have already pledged their support to former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential bid, this former Bucks County Congressman and under secretary of the U.S. Army is supporting the Mayor from the heartland’s bid for the White House.
Former Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-Bucks) announced his support for South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential bid in an op-ed for the Military Times on Monday.
“Today, our nation remains entangled in endless wars abroad and in a battle for our soul here at home,” Murphy writes in the op-ed. “At this challenging time, I am once again proud to stand alongside a promising young leader from the heartland who intuitively understands what it takes to win the next election and usher in a future where we can both succeed and live up to our highest ideals. That is why I’m supporting fellow combat veteran Pete Buttigieg for president.”
Murphy, who represented the old 8th District encompassing Bucks County and parts of Philadelphia from 2007-2011, was the first member of Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation to endorse then Sen. Barack Obama’s bid in 2008. After being the first Iraq War veteran elected to Congress, he later served as the under secretary and acting Secretary of the U.S. Army during parts of President Obama’s second term.
In Murphy’s endorsement, he points to Buttigieg’s military experience serving in the Navy and deploying to Afghanistan, while referencing his own experience serving in the Army and being deployed to Iraq.
In addition to talking about their common bond of serving in the military, Murphy took a shot at President Donald Trump saying the current commander-in-chief has hurt the credibility of the United States.
“Unlike President Trump, who has torched our credibility and tarnished our values, Pete appreciates why the United States must work closely with our allies around the world,” Murphy writes. “I’m confident that he will promote American interests and American values abroad.”
Murphy said that Buttigieg offers a “new generation of leadership” and pointed to his experience as a mayor from the Midwest, who has dealt with the impact of “misguided trade policies” and the “scourge of opioids” and more.
Murphy, who is in Detroit prior to tonight’s Democratic presidential debate, tweeted about his endorsement saying Buttigieg is a “fellow combat vet, progressive & friend.”
— HON Patrick J Murphy (@PatrickMurphyPA) July 29, 2019
Buttigieg thanked him for his endorsement and service in a tweet of his own on Monday night.
Biden has earned the most support thus far among the current Pennsylvania delegation. Sen. Bob Casey and Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia), Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna), and Dwight Evans (D-Philadelphia) quickly supported the Scranton native’s bid for president.
Biden has remained the front runner in the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania according to polling in the past couple of months from Emerson College poll and Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll. Buttigieg was fourth in the Democratic primary in the Emerson poll conducted in late March, while placing fifth in the crowded Democratic primary in the Morning Call poll conducted in April.