Katie McGinty’s campaign for U.S. Senate took off quickly after the former Chief of Staff resigned her post and announced that she would be running. Just days after her official announcement, she picked up three major endorsements one after the other- the United Steelworkers, EMILY’s List, and most notably, former Governor Ed Rendell.
According to James P. O’Toole of the Post-Gazette, McGinty can now tout two new endorsements from Rep. Mike Doyle and Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. Both were asked if they would back McGinty in her battle against Sestak, to which they responded, “Absolutely,” and “Oh yeah.”
While many have wondered if McGinty will gain the support of her former boss, Governor Tom Wolf, McGinty has only advised us to, “Stay tuned.”
Although McGinty has plenty of “heavyweight alliances,” she has stated that she does not want to let her success rely on those endorsements.
“It’s about touching people, hearts and minds and enlisting and engaging people to be involved,” she said. “In a big state like Pennsylvania, you’ve got to be on TV, so you’ve got to raise the funds to support that.”
“It still comes down to whether or not you have got people locally who are willing to organize their neighbors and get people out to vote and convince people that their vote matters,” she continued.
McGinty’s strong, quick support coming from the Democratic party is quite different compared to that of Joe Sestak’s. It has been quite obvious that the Democrats have been looking for an alternate for months, and it appears the McGinty is just what they needed to combat Sestak.
McGinty plans to campaign with enthusiasm, energy, and discipline.
“I guess [I’m] gratified to hear from a whole lot of people across Pennsylvania and nationally as well, and thinking I had something to contribute to a race that’s critically important,” noted McGinty.