Northeast Times

McCaffery confident in race for A.G.

(from left) Ward Lead­er John Sabat­ina Sr., State Rep. John Sabat­ina Jr., At­tor­ney Bill Bren­nan, bar own­er Mike Driscoll, Ward Lead­er Bob Del­lavella, Dan Mc­Caf­fery, State Rep. Kev­in Boyle, and Ward Lead­er Bill Dol­bow. Mc­Caf­fery was at City Hall on Thursday Janu­ary 5 to an­nounce his run for at­tor­ney gen­er­al.

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Dan Mc­Caf­fery has been in the race for Pennsylvania at­tor­ney gen­er­al since Septem­ber, but last week, he hos­ted an event at City Hall to show off the sup­port he has in his ho­met­own.

“Pretty much every­body is with me in Phil­adelphia,” he said.

Mc­Caf­fery, who lives in the Delaire Land­ing con­domin­i­um com­plex on State Road in East Tor­res­dale, will run in the April 24 Demo­crat­ic primary against former con­gress­man Patrick Murphy and former Lack­awanna County As­sist­ant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Kath­leen Kane.

Nom­in­at­ing pe­ti­tions will be col­lec­ted from Jan. 24 to Feb. 14.

Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ates are state Sen. John Raf­ferty of Mont­gomery County, and Cum­ber­land County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Dav­id Freed.

Since at­tor­ney gen­er­al be­came an elec­ted of­fice in 1980, Re­pub­lic­ans have won all eight races, thanks to strong can­did­ates and the GOP’s repu­ta­tion as the law-and-or­der party.

Demo­crats have run some lackluster can­did­ates for at­tor­ney gen­er­al, but all three run­ning this year seem vi­able. Murphy and Kane have pos­ted strong fund-rais­ing num­bers, and Mc­Caf­fery ex­pects to raise $1.5 mil­lion to $2 mil­lion. His sup­port­ers in­clude or­gan­ized labor, the Phil­adelphia po­lice and fire­fight­ers uni­ons and fel­low law­yers.

“I’ll be fine with money,” he said.

A Fath­er Judge High School gradu­ate and former mem­ber of the U.S. Army’s First Cav­alry Di­vi­sion, Mc­Caf­fery earned his law de­gree from Temple Uni­versity in 1991. He worked six years as a Phil­adelphia as­sist­ant dis­trict at­tor­ney and has spent the last 15 years with the Jen­k­in­town-based firm Fried­man, Schu­man.

“I’m the only one who has been prac­ti­cing law for twenty-one years,” Mc­Caf­fery said, com­par­ing him­self fa­vor­ably to his two primary op­pon­ents. “From a cre­den­tials stand­point, it’s not a close race. I’ve man­aged a law firm.”

Mc­Caf­fery, who has two daugh­ters and is the broth­er of Pennsylvania Su­preme Court Justice Seamus Mc­Caf­fery, de­clared that he is “un­waver­ing in my com­mit­ment for justice.” He ran for dis­trict at­tor­ney in 2009, fin­ish­ing second among five can­did­ates in the primary.

In look­ing at the polit­ic­al land­scape, Mc­Caf­fery has no in­terest in of­fices oth­er than those where he can use his leg­al skills.

“This is a way for me to give back. I’m ex­cited by the op­por­tun­ity,” he said. “I have no de­sire to be a politi­cian.”

The Demo­crat­ic State Com­mit­tee will meet Fri­day and Sat­urday to en­dorse a can­did­ate. Mc­Caf­fery be­lieves he is clos­ing in on the two-thirds vote ne­ces­sary to win the en­dorse­ment, thanks in part to his strength in the west­ern part of the state.

The Jan. 5 event at­trac­ted elec­ted of­fi­cials in­clud­ing U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, City Con­trol­ler Alan Butkovitz, City Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on and state Reps. John Sabat­ina Jr. and Kev­in Boyle; loc­al ward lead­ers Bill Dol­bow, Bob Del­lavella and John Sabat­ina Sr.; and In­ter­na­tion­al Broth­er­hood of Elec­tric­al Work­ers Loc­al 98 busi­ness man­ager John Dougherty.

That same day, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz en­dorsed Murphy, cit­ing his work on is­sues such as health care and wo­men’s rights.

“Patrick will al­ways stand up for work­ing fam­il­ies and the val­ues we all hold dear,” she said. “His re­cord makes that very clear. That’s what Pennsylvania needs in its next at­tor­ney gen­er­al.” ••

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