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Newspaper Endorsements Open Thread

It’s that time of year. Newspapers around Pa. are backing candidates. Here’s PoliticsPA’s running list of endorsements in statewide and congressional races. We’ll update as they come in.

Did we miss one? Please email the link to You can find state House & Senate endorsements in the Legislative Election Updates section of the Morning Buzz every day.


Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice: Barack Obama

The core question before voters in Tuesday’s presidential election is:

“Which of the candidates will pursue policies more likely to produce broad prosperity after nearly four years of anemic growth and four decades of widening economic inequality?”

Despite the uneven economic results of his first term – attributable mostly to the intransigence of his opponents but also to his own early leadership failures – the answer is Barack Obama.

Bucks County Courier Times: Mitt Romney

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has a record of bipartisan success. During his tenure as governor of Massachusetts, with Democrats firmly in control of the state Legislature, Romney produced landmark health care reform that earned bipartisan support and stands as a model for the nation. Bringing that mindset to Washington and breaking the stalemate there could go a long way toward resolving critical issues that threaten our nation’s future.

Sunbury Daily Item: Barack Obama

While the Obama presidency has not accomplished all we had hoped, the president has led the nation through a difficult period with a steady hand and the better record of political compromise and consensus the nation wants and needs.

York Daily Record: Barack Obama

We think Mitt Romney is a good, decent man who could certainly handle the presidency with the same competency of his Massachusetts governorship or his management of the Olympic games.

But in our hearts, we just believe President Obama is the better choice for this particular moment in history.

Centre Daily Times: Barack Obama

We endorse Barack Obama for re-election to a second term as president of the United States over his challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Obama deserves four more years in office to continue his efforts to improve the economy, make the country safer and enhance access to education and health care.

Easton Express-Times: Barack Obama

We endorse Barack Obama for a second term, with some serious reservations, but with the belief that he’s the steadier, cooler leader to deal with global threats. His approach is known, it’s pragmatic and at times has been way too centrist for his left-leaning supporters.

Indiana Gazette: Mitt Romney

He has carved out a position that calls for reducing the deficit, cutting the size of government and getting the national debt under control to create a better business climate. Small businesses are the drivers of job creation in this country, Romney believes, but they will struggle to succeed if taxes and regulations are too burdensome. We stand behind him on this ideology.

Uniontown Herald-Standard: Mitt Romney

Much like the rest of the country, the debate raged on between the two sides. But when it came time to take a vote, the majority of the board sided with Gov. Romney and the overwhelming need for change. Four years of Obama was enough, they maintained. It’s time to let someone else run the country for the next four years and take their turn at getting the economy moving again. And that someone is definitely Romney.

Bucks County Intelligencer: Barack Obama

Yes, the so-called recovery could be stronger. But Obama stopped the bleeding, and the country is slowly starting to heal. For 31 straight months, there has been job growth, with more than 5 million jobs created.

And as imperfect as the Affordable Health Care Act is, we now have guarantees of health care. The president was willing to tackle this enormous problem despite the political consequences.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Barack Obama

BARACK OBAMA is the better candidate in the presidential race. A vote for him is an investment in a strong future, which is why The Inquirer endorses his reelection.

Altoona Mirror: Mitt Romney

Romney has a sensible plan to get the private sector growing by lowering tax rates, generating jobs and creating opportunities for working Americans.

More important, Romney brings the predictability on government regulation and taxes that businesses need to create jobs – and families need to begin buying again and, thus, growing the economy.

New Castle News: Neither

Obama inherited a lousy economy. But he has not demonstrated the leadership necessary to move the country back to real prosperity. Washington’s failure to resolve differences and craft a clear fiscal direction creates the sort of uncertainty business despises.

Unfortunately, Mitt Romney fails to persuade us that he is that person. Frankly, we don’t know what he would do as president, because he flips and flops on assorted issues, seemingly seeking to shape his message for the moment. That’s not leadership.

Washington County Observer-Reporter: Barack Obama

No, President Obama has not yet shown himself to be deserving of a spot on Mount Rushmore. He may never. But, in the near-term, we believe his sober, thoughtful leadership is best suited to move America forward.

Harrisburg Patriot-News: Barack Obama

That is the type of candidate this newspaper could endorse to run our country. Unfortunately, that is not the type of candidate we see in Romney as he campaigns for president, and is why we endorse President Barack Obama for a second term. From issues as varied as health care reform, abortion, global warming and illegal immigration, Romney has morphed his positions.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Barack Obama

This well may be a generation-defining moment. What will America’s future be? Will this still be a land of opportunity and freedom for all people or just for the favored few? Because we still hope, we endorse for president Barack Obama, whose heart — unlike his challenger — has not wavered nor his principles changed.

Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Mitt Romney

With Gov. Romney’s private sector experience, we can foresee reasoned problem-solving, based on his track record, with a fresh hand reaching across the aisle for bipartisan help.

Erie Times-News: Barack Obama

President Obama’s record reflects his centrist views, despite the efforts of the far right to portray him as an extremist. Bipartisan cooperation has been hard to achieve under Obama’s presidency, but we believe that Obama is far more capable of pulling the two sides together in compromise, having learned from tough experience. He has also learned about the hazards of non-cooperation in his first term, as well as the ineffectiveness of letting Congress take the lead on policy.

Scranton Times-Tribune: Barack Obama

Overall, Mr. Obama’s record amid some of the most pressing economic challenges in U.S. history is rather good, especially considering the political constraints.

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney is a former governor, a proven leader, with a successful record both in governing and in business. He understands the importance of free enterprise. He comprehends with perfect clarity that small businesses and entrepreneurs – not the government – are the drivers of a strong economy.

Romney promises to unleash America’s energy resources like never before, ushering in a new era of energy independence. And our region will benefit greatly from that goal. Romney will halt Obama’s premeditated efforts to crush one of our area’s most precious job creators – the coal industry.

Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney offers a seasoned, strategic and mature public policy mind so sorely needed in the White House and so necessary to enable our great nation and its people to excel.

It’s time to begin restoring America. It’s time to elect Mitt Romney as president of the United States.

U.S. Senate, Tom Smith, R v. Sen. Bob Casey, D

Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice: Bob Casey

In his first term as a U.S. Senator, Bob Casey has been a moderate, modest and centrist voice in Washington, D.C., a city where modesty and compromise have been out of fashion of late.

Unlike many of his colleagues in the Senate, Casey rarely seeks the spotlight, but that does not make him ineffective.

Tri-County Courier Express: Tom Smith

But for five years, Sen. Casey has done … nothing much. Another term for Casey also ensures another grating year of Nevada Sen. Harry Reid as Majority Leader.

Bucks County Courier Times: Ed Rendell

So, here’s our suggestion: Write in a candidate. And we don’t mean just anybody. We’re not suggesting that you make a joke of your right to vote. Use it to send a serious message to the major political parties that we expect a choice between substantive candidates — people who actually get stuff done; people who aren’t on the political fringe.

To that end, our substantive choice for U.S. Senate is former Gov. Ed Rendell. He led the state for eight years after running, with great effectiveness, the city of Philadelphia. In fact, give Rendell a significant share of the credit for Philadelphia’s impressive comeback. If he could tame and then unify the collection of characters who comprised City Council, he could bring steadying and veteran leadership to a U.S. Senate that, even as the nation drifts toward ruin, too often is immobilized by partisan bickering.

York Daily Record: Bob Casey

Sen. Casey is a better choice than the inexperienced Mr. Smith.

Meeting with our editorial board recently, Mr. Casey talked from the heart about wanting to bridge partisan divides to solve the serious problems facing our nation. Watch a complete video of that session at

A centrist, pro-life Democrat is in a better position to bridge those divides than the far-right Mr. Smith.

Delaware County Daily Times: Bob Casey

Perhaps most indicative of Casey’s willingness to seek compromise has been his ability to work with the state’s other senator, freshman Republican Pat Toomey. Washington does not need more of the kind of vitriol spouted by Smith, along with his tea party talking points, his insistence that the Affordable Care Act be repealed, while not offering an alternative.

Easton Express-Times: Bob Casey

While some Pennsylvanians may think him understated, he’s put together an effective record and will begin capitalizing on his seniority if re-elected. Indeed, if the nation is to overcome its deep-rooted problems, Congress needs more members arguing loudly from the center, rather than from the edges.

Indiana Gazette: Bob Casey

That’s the kind of bipartisanship we need. Now is not the time to send a potentially divisive tea party voice to an already fractious Congress. Instead, voters should return the socially conservative Casey to the Senate, where his moderate, soft-spoken approach has already paid benefits for the people of Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Bob Casey

Rather than being thoughtful, Smith has been parroting extreme right-wing points of view. There’s too much of that in Congress now. What Congress needs is more thoughtful leaders capable of finding common ground. The Inquirer endorses BOB CASEY, a strong advocate for Pennsylvania who would help restore the civility that Washington needs.

Lancaster New Era: Tom Smith

A Smith win would send a clear message to Washington that Pennsylvanians are fed up with the gridlock and are ready to change direction.

The New Era wants to see that happen, which is why it strongly endorses Smith’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

New Castle News: Bob Casey

We think voters should stick with Casey, a moderate politician who has demonstrated an ability to work with others regardless of party. Smith hasn’t shown us he’s prepared to do that.

Washington County Observer-Reporter: Bob Casey

Apparently less interested in generating headlines and lingering in the spotlight, Casey has worked diligently, if unspectacularly, on such issues as natural gas and agricultural development, promoting medical research and helping unemployed veterans find jobs or start businesses.

Harrisburg Patriot-News: Bob Casey

Casey has been a solid member of the U.S. Senate who seeks out ways to work with, and has the respect of, those on both sides of the political aisle.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Bob Casey.

Bob Casey has a record of working with both parties in his first term as senator. He’s a centrist Democrat with conservative views on abortion, guns and stem cell research.

Tom Smith, the millionaire Republican who wants to replace him, would ramp up political polarization on Capitol Hill with his Tea Party agenda.

Erie Times-News: Bob Casey

Casey is right to emphasize that working together is an obligation, not just a feel-good gesture. Voters long for an end to the brutal fights and gridlock in Washington. Casey’s even-tempered approach to politics will be an asset if, as he hopes, Republicans and Democrats can negotiate a debt agreement in 2013. No matter whether President Obama or Mitt Romney wins the election, “I think after the election we can still bring folks together. Both parties know the gravity” of our country’s problems, he said.

Scranton Times-Tribune: Bob Casey

Sen. Bob Casey entered politics on the strength of his father’s name but he long ago resolved any doubt about his own merit as a public official. In his first term as a U.S. senator, the 52-year-old Scranton resident has enhanced his claim to the trust he earlier had earned as state auditor general and treasurer.

Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Bob Casey

We don’t agree with some of the policies advocated by the first-term Democrat. But we have come to appreciate him on a personal level and to admire the congenial manner in which he interacts with not only his constituents but also Pat Toomey, his junior Republican colleague in the Senate. It’s that kind of personal comity that serves Pennsylvania and the nation best.

Mr. Casey is being challenged by Republican Tom Smith. He was a Democrat committeeman as recently as 2010. Despite our policy differences with Casey, we prefer the Democrat we know to the Republican of convenience.

Attorney General, Open, Dave Freed, R v. Kathleen Kane, D

Tri-County Courier Express: Kathleen Kane.

Ever since Zimmerman was elected, Republicans have held the office. That leads to political inbreeding in staff and support positions. There is value to the two-party system. Pennsylvanians regularly recognize that by rotating governorships, e.g. Ridge/Schweiker, Rendell, Corbett. The GOP has held the attorney general’s office for longer than is comfortable.

All things considered, we think Kane makes a better case to be Pennsylvania’s next attorney general

Centre Daily Times: Kathleen Kane

We think she offers the best opportunity to fully understand how the Jerry Sandusky case was handled, especially during the time when Gov. Tom Corbett was in the Attorney General’s Office.

And she will bring a tough, focused approach to the office’s handling of all types of criminal activity.

Lancaster Intelligencer Journal: Kathleen Kane

Kane argues that, with the surge in natural gas drilling, the attorney general’s office needs to focus greater attention on the environmental crimes division to protect residents.

Kane’s most salient point is her contention that Pennsylvania needs an independent attorney general.

We share that view, and support her run for Pennsylvania attorney general.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Kathleen Kane

But it’s on combating urban violence where Kane stands out: She would move decisively to close the so-called Florida loophole on gun permits, push for an antitrafficking law on reporting lost or stolen weapons, and generally bring a welcome activism to stemming illegal guns.


Sure to be a passionate, independent watchdog as attorney general, KATHLEEN KANE earns The Inquirer’s endorsement.

Lancaster New Era: Dave Freed

Kane has tried to score political points by tying Freed to Gov. Tom Corbett, a former attorney general.

She has called for a thorough investigation of Corbett’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse case when he was attorney general.

That suggests a deep misunderstanding of how the attorney general’s office works. To assume that Corbett ran roughshod over such an expansive operation, with its numerous law-enforcement agents and prosecutors with no particular political agenda, suggests that Kane has no conception of the office.

New Castle News: Kathleen Kane

We are endorsing Kane in this race, mainly because of party. Right now, Republicans dominate all branches of state government, and that’s not going to change after Tuesday. Kane’s election would help to provide the sort of political balance we prefer.

Harrisburg Patriot-News: Dave Freed

The Patriot-News endorses David Freed for attorney general because he brings a wider range of experience as a prosecutor and his nonpartisan approach to being smart and effective with criminal issues.

Having Freed in our backyard has given The Patriot-News a close look at how he conducts himself. He has gone after Republicans and Democrats and independents.

In short, he has kept a professional eye on prosecuting criminals, regardless of who they are or where they come from. We believe he will do the same as attorney general.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Dave Freed.

…he has a proactive plan for the attorney general’s office, focusing on abuse of children and the elderly, aggressively pursuing cyber crimes and going after distributors as well as street-level sales of dangerous synthetic drugs.

The Post-Gazette endorses David Freed because he has a comprehensive plan and the best experience to be Pennsylvania’s next attorney general.

Erie Times-News: Kathleen Kane.

Our pick is Democratic candidate Kathleen Kane, a Scranton native who has worked as an assistant district attorney for Lackawanna County. We are impressed with Kane’s commitment to protect victims of sexual assault; to advocate for children; to find alternative ways to deal with mentally ill criminals; and to educate Pennsylvania citizens, especially seniors, about scams.

Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Dave Freed.

In the open and hotly contested race for Pennsylvania attorney general, experience and commitment to criminal prosecution go to Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed. The Republican is a lifelong, no-nonsense prosecutor.

Auditor General, Eugene DePasquale, D v. John Maher, R

Tri-County Courier Express: Eugene DePasquale

We aren’t making a classic endorsement in this race; this one isn’t a question of “Who is better?” because both are good. We lean toward DePasquale only because we like the idea of having a Democrat in the watchdog office of auditor general when Republicans control the Legislature and governor’s office.

York Daily Record: John Maher

It’s not every year that a York countian has a serious shot at winning such a seat, and Rep. DePasquale seems to have a good chance.

If he does, we will congratulate him, wish him well and feel confident that our state has a solid fiscal watchdog. We have little doubt that Mr. DePasquale is prepared for such a challenge.

But we have to call it like we see it, and Rep. Maher, R-Bethel Park, seems better prepared for the job when compared side-by-side with Rep. DePasquale.

He has a stellar record of promoting transparency of state government.

Uniontown Herald-Standard: John Maher

We were impressed with both candidates and thought either would make a good auditor general. In the end, it was a choice between someone with a CPA background and someone who might be a better watchdog.

It was a very close and difficult decision, but a majority of the Editorial Board picked Maher over DePasquale, believing that the streak of auditors general in Pennsylvania not being CPAs should end in 2012.

Philadelphia Inquirer: John Maher

Both Maher and DePasquale offer impressive resumes, and have been welcome voices for reform, independence and, in particular, openness in government.


His auditing background gives JOHN MAHER the edge. With Maher, voters can be assured of having an auditor general who needs no on-the-job training. He even likes wearing a green eyeshade.

Lancaster Intelligencer Journal: Eugene DePasquale

Pennsylvania voters are fortunate to have two solid candidates in DePasquale and Maher. Both have the credentials and drive to ensure that Pennsylvania tax dollars are protected.

We believe, however, that Eugene DePasquale will exercise greater independence when it comes to protecting both the state’s natural resources and its human resources — students in public schools.

Lancaster New Era: John Maher

In these times of concern for wise use of limited government funds, there is no more important public office overseeing financial accountability than that of state auditor general.

And in the Nov. 6 election to fill that position, there is no more obvious choice for that position than state Rep. John Maher, a man of impeccable integrity, extensive experience and extraordinary credentials.

Harrisburg Patriot-News: John Maher

[Maher’s] auditing background has long been missing from this state office and would be a welcome change. Even though the auditor general doesn’t do much of the grunt work himself, he still directs the team and decides which pro-jects to pursue. Maher also brings solid ideas for reform.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: John Maher

Mr. Maher is an auditor. Although that professional certification is not a requirement to run for auditor general — and it’s not training that recent occupants have brought to the office — it is expertise that provides a tie-breaker in the contest between this year’s qualified candidates.

Erie Times-News: John Maher

In the end, Maher’s accounting experience and his innovative ideas to target questionable spending before performance audits are conducted make him our preferred choice.

Scranton Times-Tribune: John Maher

Auditing is not typically the stuff of inspirational rhetoric, but John Maher has a passion for it that makes him an ideal choice for state auditor general.

Mr. Maher, however, seems born to the office, and is the better candidate in this campaign.

Pittsburgh Tribune Review: John Maher

The clear choice is Republican state Rep. John Maher of Allegheny County, a CPA who built his own auditing firm and whose commitment to government transparency and accountability is unflinching.

Treasurer, Diana Irey Vaughan, R v. Incumbent Rob McCord, D

Lancaster Intelligencer Journal: Rob McCord

Irey Vaughan is a good candidate, but McCord has more than proven his worth as state treasurer.
Taxpayers would benefit from his re-election.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Rob McCord

In his first term as treasurer, ROB McCORD has demonstrated an exemplary ability to achieve excellent returns on the state’s investments. His independence and grasp of the mechanics of his office make it easy to recommend his reelection to voters.

Lancaster New Era: Diana Irey Vaughan

While the office of state treasurer is larger and more complex and has more employees, the challenge is the same: to be a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars.

Vaughan has the tools and talent — and the right approach — to do an outstanding job.

Harrisburg Patriot-News: Rob McCord

The treasurer also will have the tough task of continuing to modernize the state treasury’s technology and systems in lean budget times. McCord brings a lot of financial expertise to the job and has set a higher standard for state treasurers to follow.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Rob McCord

Mr. McCord, a Democrat, is a gregarious, talkative guy anyway, which makes him a natural in statewide politics. But when he starts explaining the big picture and all the minutiae that’s involved in being the state’s chief investment officer, it’s obvious that he not only knows his subject but also is in his element.

Erie Times-News: Rob McCord

McCord, the incumbent, gets the edge because of the many successes he’s achieved in his first four years in office and his commitment to be an independent voice for taxpayers. He successfully sued to attend meetings of the State Gaming Control Board and challenged the amount of debt that former Gov. Ed Rendell wanted to incur for capital budget projects. “I’m heavily engaged in the call for capital budget reform,” he says.

Scranton Times-Tribune: Rob McCord

Ask state Treasurer Rob McCord what time it is, and he’ll tell you not only how to make a watch, but where to mine the ore to make the parts.

Such technical expertise, gained as a venture capitalist and entrepreneur, has helped to make the Montgomery County Democrat an effective treasurer who is worthy of a second term.

Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Diana Irey Vaughan

For state treasurer, Republican challenger and longtime Washington County Commissioner Diana Irey Vaughan offers innovation over the status quo of Democrat incumbent Rob McCord. And that will be crucial in dealing with the state’s pension crisis.

Congress (in order of competitiveness)

PA-12, Keith Rothfus, R v. Rep. Mark Critz, D

New Castle News: Keith Rothfus

Rothfus is more centrally based in the district. We view this as an advantage for Lawrence County.

And while Rothfus is conservative, we were impressed with his expressed willingness to work across party lines for solutions. If he wins, Rothfus will need to move quickly in that regard to deal with pending budget issues.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Mark Critz

Mr. Rothfus has built a campaign on hopes and promises in which the details don’t add up. Mark Critz is a real-world congressman who wants to help his district and solve the nation’s problems. For that he has earned the Post-Gazette endorsement.

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Mark Critz

Critz, who was elected to fill Murtha’s seat in a special election in 2010 and defeated sitting Congressman Jason Altmire in a spirited primary for the newly drawn 12th district, has the ability to work with both Democrats and Republicans.

Pittsburgh TribuneReview: Either

Either Keith Rothfus or Mark Critz. This is one of those rare instances in which either the Republican or the Democrat would be a perfectly acceptable choice. Mr. Rothfus, the Republican challenger, would serve the new, now slightly GOP district (a combination of the old 4th and the existing 12th) with energy, credibility and distinction. And Mr. Critz, the old 12th’s incumbent who succeeded the late Jack Murtha, has done just that.

PA-8, Kathy Boockvar, D v. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, R

Bucks County Intelligencer: Kathy Boockvar.

Overall, Fitzpatrick’s voting record belies his frequent claim of independence. (He’s not alone in this. Many incumbents make such a bogus assertion.) On the votes that really matter, Fitzpatrick goes with his party.

Voters who are comfortable with that will support him. Boockvar is a most credible alternative, however. She offers a background as an attorney and a mediator. That’s what’s missing in Washington — someone willing to listen to all sides and work on compromise. If she can do that, she’ll be head and shoulders above most of the members of Congress serving today. We think she understands that in our two-party system, “giving” is as important as “taking.”

Philadelphia Inquirer: Kathy Boockvar.

A scurrilous Republican ad campaign against Democrat Kathy Boockvar offered Fitzpatrick a chance to speak out against the divisiveness that continues to paralyze Washington. But instead of showing leadership, he has mostly talked about his bipartisan credentials as a former county commissioner.


Fortunately, voters have an alternative in Boockvar, 43, a voting-rights attorney. Like Fitzpatrick, she wants to boost jobs by cutting corporate tax rates and trimming red tape for small businesses. But she also wants to pass cost-containment measures missing from the Affordable Care Act, rather than jettison it without a viable alternative, which is what Fitzpatrick would do.

PA-6, Manan Trivedi, D v. Rep. Jim Gerlach, R

Philadelphia Inquirer: Jim Gerlach.

The decade-long tenure of Republican Rep. Jim Gerlach, 57, hasn’t dimmed his passion for open-space preservation in his sprawling district covering Chester County, parts of Reading, and beyond. The former state legislator has bucked his party on renewable energy and stem-cell research – even as he adheres to a strict fiscally conservative outlook on federal spending.

PA-7, George Badey, D v. Rep. Pat Meehan, R

Delaware County Daily Times: Pat Meehan.

We laud Meehan for being a strong voice in reacting to the biggest economic crisis the county has faced in years. When both Sunoco and ConocoPhillips announced their intention to get out of the refinery business and shut down local plants if a buyer could not be found, Meehan was one of the first to react. He met with the unions, as well as company officials, and most importantly reached across party lines to seek solutions. It is exactly that kind of bipartisan action that earned our support two years ago.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Pat Meehan.

Serving his first term, former Delaware County prosecutor Patrick Meehan toed the GOP line on the Obamacare repeal and House budget. But Meehan, 56, also joined a handful of others in supporting a bipartisan budget alternative that sought tax hikes and entitlement spending to tame the federal deficit. That act of political courage alone recommends PAT MEEHAN for a second term, in addition to a demonstrated ability to work across party lines on projects that mean jobs. He is challenged by personal-injury lawyer George Badey.

Lancaster Intelligencer-Journal: Pat Meehan.

Badey brings a centrist approach to this campaign. His internal polling shows he has a chance. We like Badey’s stance on the issues and feel he would represent the interests of all residents.

But Meehan’s views more accurately reflect those of his constituents in the eastern portion of Lancaster County. He has a track record here as a prosecutor. He deserves a second term in office.

PA-18, Larry Maggi, D v. Rep. Tim Murphy, R

Washington County Observer-Reporter: Tim Murphy.

But this endorsement is not just a reflection of Maggi’s weaknesses. Though he is sometimes hard to pin down ideologically – perhaps in part to the Democratic registration edge in the district – Murphy’s deep knowledge of policy is worthy of respect from partisans on both sides of the aisle and stands in stark contrast to his opponent. A psychologist by training, Murphy has immersed himself in health care issues, supporting measures that would allow doctors to volunteer at health centers and has called for the public reporting of hospital-acquired infections, the reduction of which would help lower health care costs and improve outcomes.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Tim Murphy.

The inadequacy of the Democrat, Washington County Commissioner Larry Maggi, is the best argument for returning Mr. Murphy to Congress for a sixth term.

Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Neither.

Longtime Republican incumbent Tim Murphy is being challenged by Washington County Democrat Commissioner Larry Maggi. Mr. Murphy always attempts to make a nice, conservative bed each election year, then turns down the covers and hops back in it with his union buddies shortly thereafter. You can’t respect Murphy in the morning, so to speak.

Mr. Maggi could be the poster candidate for running a fill-in-the-blanks boilerplate liberal campaign. No thanks.

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  3. Anthony you are also completely incorrect. Please check you fact before you make these type of statements. John Maher worked in the private sector and started his own business. He has been a State Representative for 15 years. Contrary to the person you support who has NEVER worked in the private sector and has been taken a salary from the TAXPAYERS his entire life. Not to mention he has hired a person to run his campaign that was involved in the “Bonusgate” scandal and you want him to manage Tax Dollars?
    John Maher is a CPA and Auditor, he is qualified for the job!

  4. tim york1 does have his facts right. maher did in fact vote for pay raise.and his per diems are extremly high.what else would you expect from a career politician.

  5. YorkCounty1, you cannot tell the truth. Everything you stated is simple NOT TRUE. It’s pretty clear that you support his opponent and you have said nothing that would sway me to vote for him. In fact, I will be voting for John Maher, the AUDITOR for AUDITOR GENERAL!

  6. @Sandy McKee

    You make a thought-provoking point about the Founding Fathers not imagining someone being able to “purchase” a seat in Congress for $17 million. A few brief historical points are necessary to consider: 1) the Founders probably never imagined a figure that high because they probably could not have imagined that inflation would erode the value of the dollar to that degree, 2) Senators were not elected, but appointed by state legislatures, to balance the popularly-elected House of Representatives (the Senate is supposed to represent the States and the House the people) and 3) during the Founding era, people did not campaign personally, which was regarded as unseemly; the people debated among themselves and, interestingly, newspapers were much more partisan and influential than today. Therefore, you are probably correct, especially in regard to the Senate.

    Although I understand the concern about too much influence of money and the undue advantage a wealthy candidate can have, one cannot “purchase” a seat literally. It is cynical to believe that money is the only factor in elections, for it does not matter how much money one spends if the message does not sell. Indeed, not every wealthy candidate who spends millions of dollars wins.

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  8. Scranton Times Tribune decided not to endorse anyone in the tenth congressional. Incumbent can’t even get an endorsement!

  9. The Courier Times made 2 endorsements for president. The editorial board was split, and each side apparently strong in its decision so the paper said the majority of the board which is 9 members endorsed Romney but the minority vote endorsed Obama and both reasons were printed. Very unusual for split endorsement to be presented.

  10. we need a watch dog for auditor general not a corbett lap dog.seems most of the papers endorse john maher cause he is a auditor.not gonna make a difference pa will not put a republican auditor general with a republican governor.kinda like the fox guardian the hen house.

  11. Maher “has a stellar record of promoting transparency of state government.”

    WHAT? This man has taken more expenses while in the state house that almost all of his colleagues and has refused to provide documentation as to what the expenses were used for.

    I fail to see how he can be considered transparent.

  12. One of the commenters suggested the auditor general and attorney general should be from the party opposing the governor.

    It doesn’t matter because Corbett will be voted out in 2 years.

  13. Wait. Am I reading this correctly – did Colin McKnickle Editor in Chief of Tribune Review pop in to respond to someone calling him a stinky colon? That’s kind of funny, wouldn’t think of him as the sensitive type having a tantrum over what a blogger has to say. And Big deal, so Colin McKnickle worked for the newspaper union. Sure he’s embarrassed that his old boss was Canadian Socialist USW pres Leo Gerard. But Isn’t it a little silly for him to be patrolling the comment section for references of himself on Politics PA trying to scrub history.

  14. Colin Mcnickle and the Tribune Review endorsed Jack Murtha over Diana Irey. Same for Jason Altmire over Melssa Hart. Clearly any candidates Colin or the Trib endorse have nothing to do with ideology, it’s entirely personal on who they like or dislike based on God knows what. That’s fine, but the hateful way they go after people with an intent to destroy them at any cost, it is unreal and not just politicians. I worked at PNC and the way they savaged Jim Rohr every single day in the editorials like wild animals tearing apart their prey. It was inSANE, like Mr Rohr needs a personal bodyguard kind of crazy. Colin isn’t even a good writer, there was nothing of any editorial value just a bitter man spewing hatred with perverse pleasure. I don’t live in Pgh anymore but still read the online version and nothing has changed, same old attacks just new people like Congressman Murphy being raked over the coals, same old “I pick my friends to shower with praise and let’s go bully the guys we don’t like heeheehee!!” mentality. Nothing shocking about Colin McNickle taking pleasure in bullying Theresa Hines. After Murphy it will be someone else. It’s what they do there at the Trib.

  15. @ Sandy

    Were Casey so wonderful, no amount of fiscal opposition would suffice to oust him; that Smith has done well [in the primary, and now in the polls] speaks to his message [particularly when compared with that of his competitors].

  16. For the first time in many years it is nice to see the PGh TRib do the unexpected and endorse CAsey. No matter how nice a guy Mr Smith might be, no one should be able to personally purchase a seat in our COngress for 17 million bucks. Don’t think the founding fathers had that in mind.

  17. Remember when Colon wrote this giddy self-congratulatory email to his colleagues after he told Teresa Heinz Kerry to ‘shove it’? Yeah, he’d prefer you forget it, too.

    Allow me to summarize its contents: “Mr. National Media Personality came up to me, shook my hand, and marveled, ‘Oh, Colon, how MANLY you were!'”

    For a slatternly columnist who cultivates an image that he’s ‘too good for praise’ and delights in criticizing his industry for making itself the center of a story, I wouldn’t expect Colon to engage in such shameless self-promotion. How sad and pathetic.

  18. “Your Colon reeks” alleges Ii was “head union steward at the last trashy paper he work (sic) for…” and that I was “a labor leader.”
    What paper would that be? What union? Where? When? “Your Colon reeks” won’t be able to say — because it’s not true.

  19. Do you think anyone is influenced anymore by newspaper endorsements. Newspapers who employees are eventually destined in the not too near future to be looking for jobs when their current employers go belly up.

  20. Interesting tidbit on the toilet rag known as the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Prior to being the resident a$$ ki$$er to old Man Scaife, Colon McNickel was head union steward at the last trashy paper he work for! The union bashing hateful troglodyte was himself, wait for it, a labor leader. Which makes sense considering how he engages in thuggery all over that dump of a paper. Colon is a joke in Pittsburgh and has zero credibility so a Trib endorsement might as well be written on toilet paper, after it’s been used. Wish Mark Critz would reject the Trib endorsement, Casey too.

  21. What is particularly annoying about this compilation is that these endorsements are provided while the editorialists are acutely aware that potentially-pivotal data are not to emerge until after debates between the candidates.

    This is particularly true when the Inqy rubber-stamps D-incumbents [Schwartz, Fattah, Brady] who not only eschew subjecting their records to legitimate scrutiny by electoral-competitors, but also fail to hold Town Hall meetings [throughout their terms] with their constituents.

    There is some room for hope, for the Inqy decided [for this cycle] not to run a month of daily editorials endorsing its POTUS-designee….

  22. Couldn’t agree more with the comment above. It is definitely a good idea to have the atty gen and aud gen of opposite party. checks and balances are critical. No party as ever held all the strings in PA, and now is NOT the time to start.

  23. I think it is important to vote for Attorney General and Auditor General candidates who are of the opposite party of the Governor. I am always consistent with this and will be voting for DePasquale and Kane.

  24. Scaife @ the Tribune-Reiview doesn’t care for “new” money, especially the kind that was made with brawn and brains. My vote for U.S. Senate goes to Tom Smith.

  25. Could Colin McNickle be any more of a schizoid jerk? He endorsed corrupt liberal John Murtha for Congress back in the day. He endorsed Bob Casey simply to slight Mark Harris who he personally hates. Remember the infamous midnight payjacking? Who screamed at the top of his keyboard for the tar and feathering of all payjackers? McNickle! Who does he endorse for Auditor General? John Maher who voted for the payjacking and the pension jacking. Where was Mr. Maher’s magnificent CPA skills to alert him that the pension-jacking would cost Pennsylvanians BILLIONS unfunded liabilities and tax increases?????

  26. I like how the Tr’s line of reasoning for the Senate endorsement is basically “We’re endorsing the Democrat because we’re afraid the Republican is secretly a Democrat”.

  27. Trib review green lights vote for conservative D! It’s a duel nod from the right which could have been written Go Critz! Rothfus, go.

  28. this will not be a good year for republicans and we can all thank governor corbett.30% approval rating. thats pathetic.john thanks for reminding me about ag race another corbett puppet ms.kane has my vote thanks tom

  29. Ouch! Painful rebuke of Larry Maggi from the Pittsburgh Past Gazette. If you read the whole article they are clearly a liberal editorial board and align philosophically with Larry Maggi but can’t get over how ill informed and incompetent Maggi is as a congressional candidate. Truly embarrassing for Larry.

  30. Thanks Anthony I’m with you on that one, also Corbett’s hand picked Attorney General race, I can’t vote for his chose either. There are many unanswered questions about Penn State.

  31. wow john maher who voted for the pay raise.governor corbetts hand picked man.maher will do exactly what corbett tells him to do.i am a republican but i cant vote for officials who voted for the pay raise.first time i have to split ticket.

  32. The Tribune Review is pretty crazy with some of their endorsements. They will sometimes endorse on minor races, but on the biggest races, won’t make a peep. They also can like one person for a certain reason, but hate someone else for that same reason. I wish they could explain their endorsement process…

  33. Something doesnt make sense in this entirely inconsistent rundown of Tribune Review endorsements: no endorsement between anti-union Keith Rothfus and pro-union Mark Critz, endorsement of pro-union Bob Casey over anti union Tom Smith and at the same time punching at Republicans like Murphy. What gives?

  34. meehan has been a reliable vote for the gop on virtually every bad bill they have passed. he represents the national gop agenda much more than the interests of our district.

    and his record on women’s rights is atrocious.

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