“I think (Reschenthaler) connects much more with a wide range of people and recognizes that this is a district that is still dominated by registration by Democrats,” Murphy told the Tribune Review.
“They need someone who can have the conservative credentials but still win. And I do not see (Republican state Rep. Rick) Saccone as being able to do that,” Murphy continued.
Murphy’s campaign committee gave $200,000 to Conservatives for PA, a super PAC that has been supporting Reschenthaler.
From the Tribune Review:
Saccone called Conservatives for PA a “D.C. Swamp Super PAC” and said Murphy’s money helped it “send out false negative ads against me, desperately trying to besmirch my military service, my record and my support to eliminate property taxes in Pennsylvania.”
Saccone added that Conservatives for PA received money from three donors: Murphy and two labor unions.
In addition to Murphy’s $200,000, Conservatives for PA received $25,000 from the Mid-Atlantic Laborers’ Political Education Fund and $15,000 from Steamfitters Local Union 449, according to the campaign finance report.
The super PAC has spent about $97,000 on TV and radio ads and mailers supporting Reschenthaler and about $18,000 on mailers attacking Saccone, the report showed.
Murphy resigned from Congress after it was revealed he had an extra-marital affair and pressured the woman who he had the affair with to have an abortion during a pregnancy scare.