Thursday, January 05, 2012

AG I: McCaffery Declares

from the inbox:

Pennsylvania Attorney General Candidate Dan McCaffery held a press conference today to formally announce his candidacy for Pennsylvania Attorney General.  McCaffery was joined by many prominent government, business, labor, religious and civic leaders, including U.S. Congressman Bob Brady; IBEW Business Manager John J. Dougherty; attorney Tom Kline of the law firm of Kline & Specter; Colonel Harris Brooks (U.S. Air Force, Ret.); Reverend Terrence Griffith, President of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity; Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia; Fraternal Order of Police Lodge # 5 President John McNesby; Fire Fighters Local Union 22 President Bill Gault; City Controller Alan Butkovitz; former City Controller Jonathan Saidel; Councilman Bobby Henon; Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie Richards; Joint Board of Workers United Manager Lynne Fox; President-Elect of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association Tom Duffy; Register of Wills Ron Donatucci; State Senator Larry Farnese; State Senator Christine Tartaglione; State Representative John Sabatina;  State Representative Matthew Bradford; and State Representative Kevin Boyle, among others.

“My decision to seek the Office of Attorney General is not based on who or what, it has everything to do with why.  I can tell you first-hand that people are suffering in Pennsylvania.  People can’t find jobs, are underwater on their mortgage loans, or have lost their pensions and retirement savings due to the economy.  People are asking why? Why are our elected officials spending all of their time fighting with one another, instead of passing meaningful legislation to protect the citizens of our Commonwealth? This is why I am running for Attorney General,” said McCaffery.

“Labor is proud to support Dan McCaffery for Pennsylvania Attorney General.  The son of a union family, Dan has always been a friend of labor because he understands the issues that are important to us.   As Pennsylvania’s next Attorney General, I know Dan will continue to protect and support our cause in Harrisburg,” said IBEW Local 98 Business Manager John J. Dougherty.

“As a leading pastor in this city, people always tell me, 'We need someone who can advocate for us, someone who understands us.'  It’s no secret that the common man is suffering in Philadelphia, as they are in Allentown, Scranton, Erie, Reading, and Pittsburgh.  Dan McCaffery understands this, can relate to this, and has the knowledge and experience necessary to protect and advocate for us in Harrisburg.  I am truly honored to support Dan McCaffery for Pennsylvania Attorney General," said Pastor Terrence Griffith.

“It is my distinct honor to support Dan McCaffery for Pennsylvania Attorney General," added Colonel Harris Brooks, a long-time friend of McCaffery. "With just under one-million military veterans currently residing in Pennsylvania, we need an Attorney General who understands the specific needs of these brave men and woman.  As a former Cavalry Scout in the United States Army, Dan can effectively relate and advocate for Pennsylvania’s military community in Harrisburg.”

“Of all the candidates running for Pennsylvania Attorney General, only Dan McCaffery has the real-world legal experience, knowledge, and vision necessary to win.  As a leading advocate for the Pennsylvania False Claims Act and Antitrust Statute, Dan has an actual plan to protect small business from unfair competition, while at the same time increasing state revenue and saving Pennsylvania tax payers hundreds of thousands of dollar each year.  I am proud to support Dan McCaffery for Pennsylvania Attorney General because we need an Attorney General who has real legal experience and a proven track-record of protecting the citizens of Pennsylvania,” said attorney Tom Kline.

Added U.S. Congressman Bob Brady, “If our party hopes to elect the first ever Democrat to the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General, we must nominate a candidate with the experience and statewide appeal necessary to win.  As a former Assistant District Attorney, soldier in the United States Army, and life-long trial lawyer, Dan McCaffery offers our Party the best chance of taking this office in November.”

“I know firsthand that Dan McCaffery is the most qualified candidate to take on and beat the Republican Party this November.  With over twenty-years of real courtroom experience, Dan McCaffery brings real-world experience to this office, experience that is necessary for any Attorney General to succeed,” added Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia.

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