Updated: Murphy Scores Big Western Pa Endorsements
By Ben Hulac, Contributing Writer
U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Pa. senator Wayne Fontana, Pa. Reps. Dan Frankel and Dan Deasy, and Laborers’ District Council of Western Pennsylvania president Philip Ameris will each line up behind Murphy.
Update: Murphy also got the support of State Rep. Matt Smith, Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner, Pittsburgh City Controller Mike Lamb, Pittsburgh Councilmen Bill Peduto and Pittsburgh Councilman Corey O’Connor.
The timing isn’t accidental; Pa. Democrats are holding their state committee endorsement meeting this weekend at the Penn Stater Hotel in State College, PA. The men endorsing Murphy Wednesday are each close to Pa. Dems Chairman Jim Burn.
Murphy, who announced his intent to run for Attorney General in April, was elected to U.S. Congress in 2006, where he represented Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional district. In the federal government, Murphy has served as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, has prosecuted potential terrorists while on duty in Iraq, and has taught law courses at both West Point and Widener University.
Murphy has already received endorsements from several state leaders, including former Governor Ed Rendell and Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz.
Dan McCaffery, a former prosecutor who ran for Philadelphia District Attorney in 2009, is also bringing in the Attorney General endorsements. McCaffery has received the support of from U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, State Senator Christine Tartaglione, business manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 98, John Dougherty, and Reverend Terrence Griffith, president of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity.
Update: McCaffery’s campaign announced the endorsement of Allegheny County’s Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #91 Tuesday afternoon.
Update 2: McCaffery also pulled in the support of Allegheny County Sheriff William P. Mullen, Washington County Sheriff Samuel Romano and former Erie County Sheriff Bob Murski.
Kathleen Kane, a former prosecutor from Lackawanna County, has had few anounced endorsements. But she made a bis splash last week, when her campaign announced it had over $2 million cash on hand.