Monday, May 16, 2011

Patrick Murphy Update

Two news items on Patrick Murphy, former congressman for the 8th Pennsylvania district, is currently a candidate for Attorney General. He's been in the news a couple of times this week for different reasons.

Michael Smerconish wrote a column on the office of the Attorney General in this Sunday's Inquirer "Can Patrick Murphy make history in AG race." He quotes Murphy as saying:

"The bottom line is that Pennsylvanians are looking for an attorney general who will fight for them, someone who will protect them from crime wherever it might be - on the street, from big special interests, or in Harrisburg. I've dedicated my entire life to protecting American families, and I will be that attorney general," Murphy told me.

On May 10th Murphy wrote a column in Stars and Stripes on the repeal of "don't ask don't tell" in the military ("Don't turn back the clock on repeal of dadt"). Here is a excerpt:
Congress should not suddenly stand in the way of the military’s steadfast progress on implementing Congress’ own legislation, approved in a bipartisan manner and signed by the president just months ago. We must see this through. If we do, it will be only a few short months before every man or woman who wishes to fight for this country will have the opportunity to do so and we can put this unfortunate and discriminatory chapter of American history behind us once and for all.

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