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Freshman Boyle wants more; veteran Curry doesn’t

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There was plenty of news last week in the race for state at­tor­ney gen­er­al, with Re­pub­lic­ans set­tling on a can­did­ate and Demo­crats de­cid­ing to al­low three can­did­ates to battle it out in the April 24 primary.

After Gov. Tom Corbett in­dic­ated that he favored Cum­ber­land County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Dav­id Freed, Mont­gomery County state Sen. John Raf­ferty dropped out of the GOP race.

Raf­ferty had the sup­port of GOP power­house Bob Ash­er, party lead­ers in Phil­adelphia and the sub­urbs and many of his fel­low state sen­at­ors, but is leav­ing the race be­cause of his re­spect for Corbett as the tit­u­lar head of the party.

“I have got­ten to know Dave Freed on the cam­paign trail. He is someone I like and one who has com­piled a strong re­cord as dis­trict at­tor­ney,” he said.

Mean­while, the Demo­crat­ic State Com­mit­tee met Sat­urday in State Col­lege, and no can­did­ate ob­tained the re­quired two-thirds votes of mem­bers to earn an en­dorse­ment.

The can­did­ates are former pro­sec­utors Dan Mc­Caf­fery of Phil­adelphia and Kath­leen Kane of Lack­awanna County and former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy.

It was re­vealed last week that Murphy has nev­er taken the state bar ex­am­in­a­tion and nev­er tried a case in a Pennsylvania court.

Murphy was ad­mit­ted to the state bar in 2004 based on his passing the Min­nesota bar ex­am and five years as a U.S. Army law­yer. He gradu­ated from Widen­er Uni­versity Law School in 1999, then took the Min­nesota bar ex­am be­cause he was told that he’d get the res­ults in time for him to enter the Army Judge Ad­voc­ate Gen­er­al Corps.

The Murphy cam­paign re­leased a poll show­ing him with 36 per­cent of the vote, fol­lowed by Kane with 15 per­cent and Mc­Caf­fery with 8 per­cent. The res­ults are from an auto­mated tele­phone poll con­duc­ted on Jan. 10-11 of 1,001 ran­domly se­lec­ted Demo­crat­ic primary voters.

Murphy has the sup­port of former Gov. Ed Rendell; U.S. Reps. Chaka Fat­tah and Allyson Schwartz; City Coun­cil­wo­man Maria Quinones Sanc­hez; Phil­adelphia Dis­trict At­tor­ney Seth Wil­li­ams; state Reps. Larry Curry, Dwight Evans, Mike McGee­han and Tony Payton; former U.S. Sen. Har­ris Wof­ford; and Sprink­ler Fit­ters Loc­al 692, Plumb­ers Uni­on Loc­al 690 and Iron­work­ers Loc­al 401.

At the party meet­ing, Demo­crats en­dorsed U.S. Sen. Bob Ca­sey and Treas­urer Rob Mc­Cord, along with York County state Rep. Eu­gene De­Pasquale, who is run­ning for aud­it­or gen­er­al.

Re­pub­lic­ans have a crowded field for Sen­ate.

The GOP is ex­pec­ted to back Al­legheny County state Rep. John Ma­h­er for aud­it­or gen­er­al. Demo­crat­ic in­cum­bent Jack Wag­n­er is pro­hib­ited from seek­ing a third term.

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Cen­ter City Re­altor John Feather­man, who lost last year’s Re­pub­lic­an may­or­al primary to Kar­en Brown by 64 votes, will run this year in the 1st Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict.

U.S. Rep. Bob Brady (D-1st dist.) faces a primary chal­lenge from former Mu­ni­cip­al Court Judge Jim­mie Moore.

The dis­trict in­cludes Delaware County and South Phil­adelphia, along with Wissi­nom­ing, Ta­cony, Holmes­burg, East Tor­res­dale, West May­fair, Castor Gar­dens and Frank­ford.

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Fresh­man state Rep. Kev­in Boyle (D-172nd dist.) will seek a second two-year term.

In 2010, Boyle de­feated long­time Re­pub­lic­an Rep. John Perzel, who was fa­cing cor­rup­tion charges. Perzel has since pleaded guilty and awaits sen­ten­cing.

Boyle, who serves on the Urb­an Af­fairs, Fin­ance and Health com­mit­tees, has sev­er­al pri­or­it­ies.

“Loc­ally, there are not enough high-per­form­ing schools for our chil­dren, es­pe­cially in light of re­cent Cath­ol­ic school clos­ings. I will also keep up the fight against the pro­posed meth­adone clin­ic for Frank­ford Av­en­ue. In Har­ris­burg, I will con­tin­ue to cam­paign for the pas­sage of my le­gis­la­tion that im­poses more strin­gent re­port­ing re­quire­ments on wit­nesses of sexu­al ab­use, which I in­tro­duced in re­sponse to the events re­lated to the Penn State/Jerry San­dusky case,” he said.

Re­pub­lic­ans have not settled on an op­pon­ent for Boyle, whose dis­trict was made more Demo­crat­ic in re­dis­trict­ing.

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State Rep. Larry Curry (D-154th dist.) an­nounced last week that he would re­tire at the end of his term.

Curry’s dis­trict in­cludes one di­vi­sion in Burholme. The new dis­trict in­cludes three di­vi­sions in Lawndale.

Elec­ted in 1992, Curry is the minor­ity-party chair­man of the House Aging and Older Adult Ser­vices Com­mit­tee.

A lifelong Jen­k­in­town res­id­ent, he formerly served as a bor­ough coun­cil­man and Mont­gomery County com­mis­sion­er.

Curry, 75, has en­dorsed re­tired high school so­cial stud­ies teach­er Steve Mc­Carter.

Jeff Har­bison also plans to seek the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion. He’s founder and CEO of a soft­ware com­pany, a mem­ber of the Spring­field Board of Com­mis­sion­ers, treas­urer of U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz’s polit­ic­al ac­tion com­mit­tee and pres­id­ent of the Wyndmoor Civic As­so­ci­ation. ••

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