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Rafferty gains support of PA House Speaker Turzai and House Republican Leadership in race for attorney general.

HARRISBURG – Attorney General candidate John Rafferty today picked up the endorsement of Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Mike Turzai of Allegheny County.

Also endorsing Rafferty today are House Majority Leader Dave Reed of Indiana County, House Majority Whip Bryan Cutler of Lancaster County and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Adolf of Delaware County.

“John Rafferty is one of the top supporters of law enforcement in our Commonwealth and has spent his career working to protect our citizens,” said Turzai.  “As a deputy attorney general John prosecuted criminals, and as a state senator John has been a champion on criminal justice matters.  John understands the role of attorney general and will help to restore integrity and public confidence to that critically important office. I applaud John Rafferty for his promise to restore high ethical standards and take politics out of the Office of Attorney General.  Pennsylvania can trust John Rafferty and I am proud to support him as our next attorney general.”

“John Rafferty has been leader in the General Assembly in protecting Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Reed.  “He led the fight to help pass laws that protect children from sexual predators and as attorney general he will restore the public’s confidence in the office.”

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of Speaker Turzai and the Republican leadership team in the House of Representatives,” Rafferty said.   “I’ve worked alongside each of these outstanding leaders on passing laws that protect all our citizens and am proud to have their support.”

Rafferty previously received the endorsement of the Senate Republican Leadership team.

Rafferty, a former deputy attorney general, is a state senator from Montgomery County and he is the endorsed Republican candidate for attorney general.

 

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Debate Recap: Republican Candidate John Rafferty Proves He Is Most Qualified To Serve As Our Next Attorney General

HARRISBURG – Republican Attorney General candidate John Rafferty released the following statement after participating in the Pennsylvania Attorney General Candidate Forum sponsored by the Pennsylvania Women’s Forum and co-sponsored by League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, Common Cause of Pennsylvania and Widener University Commonwealth School of Law:

“This forum was a great opportunity for me to show why I am the only candidate with the honesty, principals and qualifications to lead the Office of Attorney General,” Rafferty said.  “My number one priority is to restore integrity and bring solid principled leadership to the Office of Attorney General.  The Office of Attorney General has suffered from scandals, controversy and most important a lack of strong leadership.

“My primary election opponent Joe Peters can’t hide the fact that he served as a senior member of Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s Administration as her press secretary.   Peters was a key advisor in a Kane Administration which failed to prosecute lawmakers who accepted cash bribes, failed to defend laws passed by the legislature and signed by the governor, lost her law license and has been charged with crimes related to the leaking of grand jury materials.  Joe Peters created the mess that the next Attorney General will now have to fix.

“Republicans have a clear choice in the election for Pennsylvania Attorney General and that to support a Rafferty Administration who will restore integrity and making certain the Office prioritizes keeping Pennsylvanians safe.”

Republican Party of Pennsylvania endorsed Attorney General candidate John Rafferty participated in a forum with all of the Democratic and Republican candidates for Attorney General in Philadelphia.

John has received the endorsements of the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police, the Pennsylvania Professional Firefighters Association and the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.  Rafferty has been the recommended by the Firearms Owners of Against Crime.

John Rafferty represents the residents of Pennsylvania’s 44th Senatorial District, which includes parts of Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties. He was re-elected for a fourth term in the Senate in November of 2014.  A former Pennsylvania State Deputy Attorney General, the Montgomery County native has a record of strengthening laws against drunk driving and prescription drug abuse, working for the victims of child sex abuse by fighting for tougher child protection laws and ensuring our police and firefighters have the resources and tools they need to do their jobs effectively.  Rafferty’s other top legislative priorities include improving Pennsylvania’s transportation system, lowering the property tax burden, protecting our environment, reducing health care costs and providing quality care for our senior citizens.

 

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Rafferty is endorsed for Attorney General by district attorneys across the commonwealth

(UPDATED) HARRISBURG – John Rafferty today announced that 16 district attorneys throughout the state have endorsed him to be Pennsylvania’s next attorney general.

Lebanon County District Attorney Dave Arnold said, “Those of us on the front lines protecting our communities in the streets and in the courtroom know how important it is have an attorney general with experience and integrity. John Rafferty is that man.

“John Rafferty has not only been a prosecutor but he has been a leader in the legislature passing laws that protect our citizens. We’re proud to stand with John Rafferty for attorney general.”

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of so many district attorneys,” Rafferty said.  “I will restore the relationships with the district attorneys that have deteriorated over the past four years. When I’m attorney general, the district attorneys will be my partners in protecting our citizens.”

The district attorneys endorsing Rafferty are: Adams County District Attorney Brian Sinnett, Bedford County District Attorney Bill Higgins; Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio, Bradford County District Attorney  Daniel Barrett; Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan; Clarion County District Attorney Mark Aaron; Columbia County District Attorney Thomas Leipold; Crawford County District Attorney Francis Schultz; Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico; Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan; Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman; Lebanon County District Attorney David J. Arnold; Mercer County District Attorney Miles Karson; Schuylkill County District Attorney Christine Holman; Snyder County District Attorney Michael Piecuch and Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards.

Rafferty is a former deputy attorney general.  He is a state senator from Montgomery County and has also been endorsed for attorney general by the Republican Party of Pennsylvania as well as the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, Pennsylvania State Fraternal Order of Police and the Pennsylvania State Professional Firefighters Association.

The Republican Primary Election is April 26.

* This is not a complete list as we are still compiling District Attorney endorsements.

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Rafferty gains more county commissioner endorsements in race for Attorney General

HARRISBURG – Attorney General candidate John Rafferty today announced that his campaign for attorney general continues to gain momentum as he picked up the endorsement of seven more county commissioners.

The seven county commissioners join 42 county commissioners and county council members throughout the state who have previously endorsed Rafferty.

Rafferty said, “I’m grateful to have the endorsement and support of so many county commissioners and county council members.”

“These leaders know that as attorney general I will work with them to help protect our schools, streets and communities,” said Rafferty. “They know that I have the right legal training and experience to restore integrity to the attorney general’s office.”

The county commissioners endorsing Rafferty today are Lawrence County Commissioners Dan Vogler and Bob Del Signor; McKean County Commissioners Carol Duffy and Al Pingie and Northumberland County Commissioners Sam Schiccatano and Rick Shoch.

Also endorsing Rafferty for attorney general today is Erie County Controller Mary Schaaf.

Rafferty is a former deputy attorney general. He is a state senator from Montgomery County and has also been endorsed for attorney general by the Republican Party of Pennsylvania as well as the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, Pennsylvania State Fraternal Order of Police and the Pennsylvania State Professional Firefighters Association.

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Rafferty for Attorney General Earns Endorsement of County Commissioners and County Council Members Throughout the State

HARRISBURG – Attorney General John Rafferty today announced that Republican County Commissioners throughout the state have endorsed him to be Pennsylvania’s next attorney general.  Additionally, Rafferty has garnered the support of Republican County Council members in Allegheny and Delaware counties.  

“Political and community leaders throughout our commonwealth have recognized that John Rafferty has the right legal experience, the right temperament and the right leadership skills to be our next attorney general,” said Republican County Commissioner Caucus Chair George Halcovage. 

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of so many county leaders,” said Rafferty.  “They see firsthand the devastating results that crime and illegal drugs have on families,” Rafferty continued.

“These leaders work with local law enforcement every day, and they know that as attorney general I will be there to help them and the police in their counties.  I’ll be there to help them fight drug gangs and the heroin epidemic.  I’ll be there with them to help protect our seniors from scam artists and our kids from child predators.”

Rafferty is a former deputy attorney general.  He is a state senator from Montgomery County and has also been endorsed for attorney general by the Republican Party of Pennsylvania as well as the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, Pennsylvania State Fraternal Order of Police and the Pennsylvania State Professional Firefighters Association.    

Below is the list of county commissioners and council members who have endorsed Rafferty:

Allegheny County Council Members Cindy Kirk, Tom Baker, Sam DeMarco and Sue Means; Armstrong County Commissioner Jason Renshaw; Beaver County Commissioners Dan Camp and Sandie Egley; Berks County Commissioner Christian Leinbach; Blair County Commissioner Bruce Erb; Bradford County Commissioners Daryl Miller and Doug McLinko; Bucks County Commissioners Robert Loughery and Charles Martin; Cameron County Commissioner Lori Reed; Chester County Commissioners Terence Farrell and Michelle Kichline; Clarion County Commissioners Ted Tharan and Wayne Brosius; Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste and Mike Pries; Delaware County Council Members Mario Civera, Colleen Morrone, John McBlain, Michael Culp and David White; Indiana County Commissioners Mike Baker and Rod Ruddock; Lackawanna County Commissioner Laureen Cummings; Lancaster County Commissioners Josh Parsons and Dennis   Stuckey; Lebanon County Commissioners Bob Phillips and Bill Ames; Mercer County Commissioners Matt McConnell and Scott Boyd; Northampton County Commissioner Peg Ferraro; Schuylkill County Commissioner George Halcovage; Somerset County Commissioner James Yoder; Tioga County Commissioners Erick Coolidge, Mark Hamilton and Roger Bunn; Warren County Commissioner Ben Kafferlin; Washington County Commissioner Diana Irey Vaughn.

* This list is incomplete and growing as we are awaiting responses from other local officials.

A Leader You Can Trust

While the debate in the Democratic race for Attorney General focuses on the lack of experience of their candidates, I am committed to putting forward commonsense solutions to restore credibility, integrity and deliver real results to protect the people of Pennsylvania.

I have released my plan for addressing the current crisis regarding inappropriate behavior and emails in the Office of Attorney General.  I want to set a clear course forward for how I would demand the next Attorney General, the Office of Attorney General and its employees represent the people of Pennsylvania in this important office.

Are you ready for a leader you can trust in the Office for Attorney General?  If so, join our team today!

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Rafferty Proposes New Email Ethics Code for Attorney General’s Office Employees

HARRISBURG – Today, Republican Attorney General candidate John Rafferty announced that as attorney general he would implement an ethics code for employees based on United States Department of Justice guidelines. 

Rafferty said the public’s confidence in the attorney general’s office and the courts has been shaken by corruption and in particular, an email scandal where prosecutors, agents and judges exchanged pornographic and inappropriate emails.  

“There is no place in government, but especially in the attorney general’s office for that type of behavior, said Rafferty.   “It won’t be tolerated when I am attorney general.”

Rafferty said that he would require that all attorney general employees follow an ethics policy based on United States Department of Justice guidelines for personal email use. The policy is spelled out in 5 CFR 2635.704.

In addition to using Department of Justice guidelines, Rafferty said he also would adopt guidelines from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Management Directive 205.34 that covers Information Technology and email use for state employees under the governor’s jurisdiction, specifically as it relates to inappropriate material being disseminated in any form. 

Rafferty is a former Deputy Attorney General.  He is a state senator from Montgomery County and the endorsed Republican for attorney general.  

John has committed to set a clear course forward for how he will demand the next Attorney General, the Office of Attorney General and its employees represent the people of Pennsylvania in this important office.

Are you ready for a leader you can trust in the Office for Attorney General?  If so, join our team today!

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Republican Party of Pennsylvania Endorses John Rafferty for Attorney General

For Immediate Release

Republican Party of Pennsylvania Endorses John Rafferty for Attorney General

HARRISBURG – Republican Attorney General candidate John Rafferty released the following statement after earning the endorsement of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania.

“This is a critical step in our campaign to win election to the Office of Attorney General and I will get this office past the distractions and scandals and back to the work of protecting the people of Pennsylvania from crime, fraud and abuse,” Rafferty said.  “I have the experience, qualifications and a plan to restore integrity, credibility and the public’s confidence in the Office of Attorney General.

“I have great respect and admiration for the work the members of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania do and I want to thank them for the confidence they have placed in me to win back this important office.”

Senator John Rafferty is the Republican candidate for Attorney General.  John represents the 44th District, which includes parts of Montgomery, Chester and Berks counties.  John served as a Deputy Attorney General where he worked in the Criminal Law Division where he prosecuted Medicaid Fraud.  Our campaign has been endorsed by a number of influential organizations, including the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police, the Pennsylvania Professional Firefighters Association and the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.

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Contact: Mike Barley
717-576-6733

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GOP to Host Documentary on Abortion Clinic

The film documents the events surrounding the abortion clinic run by Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia.

The Lebanon County Republican Committee will host a free screening of the award winning documentary film, “3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Allen Theatre, 36 E. Main St, Annville.

The film documents the events surrounding the Kermit Gosnell abortion clinic tragedy in Philadelphia and the screening will take place the week of the 43rd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision, which legalized abortion in America.

“Nearly sixty million children have been destroyed in our country in the forty-three years since Roe Vs. Wade become the law of the land,” Lebanon GOP Chairman Casey Long said in a news release.

“The Lebanon County Republican Party believes it is important to showcase the real life consequences of what that decision has brought us through a screening of a film which documents the case of the most infamous abortionist in the world, Pennsylvania’s own Kermit Gosnell,” Long said.
Gosnell was convicted in 2013 of multiple counts of murder of newborn babies who had survived botched abortions at his abortion clinic. He was also found responsible for the death of a women after performing an illegal late-term abortion on her.

Republican Attorney General Candidate and Pro-Life Sen. John Rafferty, who is featured in the film, will be on hand to greet viewers and comment on the Gosnell case. “Fortunately, some good did come from the aftermath of the Gosnell tragedy,” said Long. “Republicans in the state legislature successfully passed some of the toughest abortion laws in the country which have made both women and their babies safer. Senator Rafferty was a leader in this effort,” Long said. “We are looking forward to hearing from him on January 19th and supporting his candidacy for Pennsylvania Attorney General, where he will do everything within his power to enforce our abortion laws and continue to fight for the rights of the unborn.”

Running time for the movie is approximately one hour. The screening is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted. No RSVP necessary.

See the original article here.