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Haggerty Faces PFA From Wife

Kevin-HaggertyState Representative Kevin Haggerty (D-Lackawanna) was on leave from the House yesterday following a protection order petitioned for by wife Jennifer Haggerty.

According to the Scranton Times-Tribune,A protection from abuse petition was filed Friday after claims from Jennifer that her husband attacked her Thursday night.

Jennifer claims this was not the first time the lawmaker acted aggressively towards her, citing other instances of abuse, including some done in front of their children.  Rep. Haggerty allegedly hit his wife in the head, causing numbness in her face and hearing loss, in the attack that caused her to file the petition

Judge Trish Corbett issued the temporary protection from abuse order Friday, and scheduled a hearing for May 31st. 

Haggerty declined to comment but issued a statement through his lawyer, Frank J. Ruggiero.

“The allegations raised against Mr. Kevin Haggerty are of a personal nature between his wife, Jennifer and himself,” Ruggiero wrote the Times-Tribune.

The Dunmore County Police Department is investigating Jennifer’s report. Police Chief Sal Marchese declined to comment at this time.

This is not the first trip to court for Haggerty. Lawsuits have been filed against Haggerty concerning repayment of campaign-related money, including one filed recently by a Dunmore man suing over $5,000 he lent Rep. Haggerty for his 2014 campaign election.

Haggerty represents the 112th House district. He won his first election bid in 2012, but after House districts 112th and 115th were merged Haggerty lost in a primary to state Representative Frank Farina in the 2014 Democratic primary.  Haggerty defeated Farina in 2016 to retake the seat.


Update: As of May 30th, Rep. Haggerty has been cited with simple harassment after his wife received a protection from abuse order against him, following an alleged fight in their home on May 18th. He was not charged with assault because his wife had no visible signs of injury, according to Prosecutors. Rep. Haggerty will be fined by Lackawanna County for his citation. Haggerty was scheduled to appear in family court this morning for a hearing on the protection from abuse order, according to WNEP. Since the incident, Jennifer Haggerty has filed for divorce from her husband.

16 Responses

  1. Not the first elected official from Scranton to lay their paws on there wife. Right Murph. Look where it got him. Unelected and now we have a professional successful fighter doing great things in PA.

  2. Frank F lives out of district. Otherwise I’m sure he would consider another run at it.

  3. Anyone who abuses their spouse should not hold public office Republican or Democrat.

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  5. I think for Kevin Haggerty should not run for reelection in 2018 and have Former State Representative Frank Farina run for the seat again in 2018 and have the primary for himself.

  6. Both Kevin Haggerty and Marty Flynn are stains on northeastern Pennsylvania. Haggerty’s issues came to light first, just wait until you hear about Marty Flynn’s problems in Harrisburg.

      1. Boy, is the godfather glad that these guys came along, even though they were ours. It takes everybody’s minds off of “cash for kids”, whew, that was a close one. Good thing we still had the Pa. supreme court so that we could run a whitewash fake investigation and absolve everybody important…we can get Conahan and the idiot Chiaveralla out early if they keep their traps shut. My cousin Greg is still hiding out in Jersey but “cash for kids” is still paying well for la familia. America! What a grate country!

  7. I think for kevin should resign and have frank take the seat back in a special election maybe in 2018.

    1. As convenient that would be, he no longer lives in the district. There needs to be new blood that can bring something else to the table. NEPA is ripe for change, and leadership has to allow it, or else the same-old, same-old will occur over and over…

  8. Why is a “Guest Columnist” writing this article – it is news, not an opinion, correct?

  9. As your lawyer, I advise you to keep drinking heavily and say “the bitch lyin'”

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