SEPA GOP Chairs Line Up Behind Rafferty

By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor

The Republican race for Attorney General will come down to the GOP state committee endorsement on January 28. Montgomery County state Senator John Rafferty got off to a quick start in that insiders race this week with endorsements from half a dozen of the party leaders in his native southeast Pa.

Six GOP chairmen announced their support for Rafferty. They are Michael Meehan, SEPA Caucus Chair; Vito Canuso of Philadelphia; Harry Fawkes, of Bucks; Bob Kerns of Montgomery; Andy Reilly of Delaware; and newly elected Chairman Val DiGiorgio of Chester.

“We are proud to support Senator John Rafferty,” Meehan said in a statement.  “Senator Rafferty has been a leader in protecting the people of Pennsylvania, both as a Senator and former Deputy Attorney General.”

The SEPA caucus has its straw poll meeting on January 21.

Rafferty’s sole opposition in the primary is Cumberland County District Attorney Dave Freed, who announced his bid on Tuesday. Cutting into Rafferty’s support in the southeast will be a key objective for Freed. Just one of the DAs among the 20 statewide who endorsed him – David Heckler of Bucks County – represents part the region.

Freed’s home caucus, central Pa., meets on January 7.

2 Responses

  1. So let’s say Rafferty wins. Anybody want to handicap the 44th District? With the 2011 boundaries and an open seat, do Dems have a shot? Who’s on the bench? I see the district is losing Blue Bell, Pottstown and Coatesville; picking up Phoenixville, East Norriton and maybe a little bit of Norristown.

  2. Andy Reilly counts. Harry Fawkes, really Pat Poprick and Pat Deon, count.
    Bob Kerns, Billy Meehan, Vito Canuso are less than empty suits.

    Unfortunately, the Establishment remains oblivious to the negative of Sen. Rafferty’s association with Mike Long, Mrs. Drew Crompton, Todd Nyquist, the centerpieces of Senate Bonusgate investigation.

    It does not appear “conflict of interest” is something Establishment is aware of. For the Establishment, “conflict of interest” is “business as usual” which is why we are in the mess we are.

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