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PA Business Leaders Endorse Rafferty

Rafferty for AG: Pennsylvania Chamber, NFIB, and PMA Stand United Behind John Rafferty for Attorney General

HARRISBURG – Today, the Rafferty for Attorney General campaign held a press conference with leaders of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association (PMA) to endorse John Rafferty for Attorney General.

PA Chamber President Gene Barr said, “John Rafferty’s previous role as a deputy attorney general, coupled with his experience practicing law in the private sector make him uniquely qualified to be Pennsylvania’s next Attorney General. During his tenure as a state senator, Senator Rafferty has pushed forward proposals to bring more fairness to the Commonwealth’s legal climate. He is also dedicated to making the citizens of Pennsylvania safer and more secure, by pledging to combat the state’s growing heroin epidemic, uphold the laws of the Commonwealth and bring integrity to the Office of Attorney General.”

“Over the next three weeks, we are going to pull out all of the stops to educate small-business owners about this vital public office and the need for Pennsylvanians to elect a top prosecutor who actually has experience prosecuting bad guys.  This position simply is too important to entrust to any candidate with no prosecutorial experience. This is an office in crisis – its reputation sullied by a predecessor who was woefully unqualified and who used the position to carry out their own partisan political agenda and who ultimately was convicted for those actions. Frankly, small-business owners have run out of patience electing candidates who need on-the-job training. John Rafferty is ready right now,” shared NFIB Executive State Director Kevin Shivers.

“PMA is very pleased to support John Rafferty in his bid for Attorney General,” PMA President David Taylor said. “John’s experience from his service as both a former Deputy Attorney General and now as a state Senator make him extremely well-qualified to lead the state’s top law enforcement agency. Placing the public good above personal ambition, John Rafferty has pledged to run only for attorney general and not seek higher office. He understands that the Attorney General must be an impartial officer upholding the law for all Pennsylvanians. That public-spiritedness and commitment to equal justice under law is crucially important, and that is why we are confident John will be an excellent Attorney General.”

John Rafferty concluded, “It is an honor to have the support of these outstanding business groups. Their members are made up of hardworking Pennsylvania business owners who represent the backbone of our state by providing jobs and opportunities to thousands of Pennsylvanians. As our next Attorney General, I am excited to join them in working to address the major issues facing our Commonwealth. From fighting the heroin epidemic, to identity theft, to child predators, I want to work together with the law enforcement at all levels to make our state a safer place to live, work and raise our families.”

John Rafferty is the Republican nominee for Attorney General.  As a state senator, John represents the 44th District, which includes parts of Montgomery, Chester, and Berks counties.  John previously served as a Deputy Attorney General where he worked in the Criminal Law Division in the Medicaid Fraud Unit.  John’s campaign has been endorsed by a number of influential organizations, including the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), FOP Lodges 1, 7, 11, 14, 16, 27, 53 and 91, the Pennsylvania Professional Firefighters Association, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Scranton Firefighters, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, National Federation of Independent Business, Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association, Laborers’ District Council of Western Pennsylvania and Western Pennsylvania Operators and Engineers.

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Western Pennsylvania Operating Engineers Endorse John Rafferty for Attorney General

HARRISBURG – The Rafferty for Attorney General campaign is proud to announce that the Western Pennsylvania Operating Engineers are endorsing John Rafferty in the race for the Office of Attorney General.

“Western Pennsylvania Operators and Engineers are proud to endorse John Rafferty for Attorney General,” said Jim Kunz, Business Manager of the Western Pennsylvania Operators and Engineers.  “John Rafferty understands that his number one obligation to the people of our Commonwealth is public safety.  That is why he has fought for law enforcement officers and has been a champion to ensure there was funding to rebuild our bridges and roads.  John Rafferty will be an Attorney General all Pennsylvanians can be proud of and we are excited to support his candidacy.”

Attorney General candidate John Rafferty added, “I am so honored and proud to have the endorsement of the Western Pennsylvania Operators and Engineers.  The Operators and Engineers are hard-working men and women who are on the frontlines everyday rebuilding Pennsylvania to ensure our safety.  I was proud to work with the Operators and Engineers on a comprehensive transportation-funding package that is helping to ensure the safety of Pennsylvanians travelling on our roads and bridges. As Attorney General, I promise to take politics out of the office and work with all Pennsylvanians to make our state safer, because ensuring the public’s safety is not a partisan issue.”

John Rafferty is the Republican nominee for Attorney General.  As a state senator, John represents the 44th District, which includes parts of Montgomery, Chester and Berks counties.  John previously served as a Deputy Attorney General where he worked in the Criminal Law Division in the Medicaid Fraud Unit.  John’s 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, the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation, Laborers’ District Council of Western Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association and Western Pennsylvania Operators and Engineers.

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Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association Endorses John Rafferty for Attorney General

HARRISBURG – The Rafferty for Attorney General campaign is proud to announce that the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association (PSCOA) is endorsing John Rafferty in the race for the Office of Attorney General. Please see the attached letter of endorsement from PSCOA President Jason Bloom.

Click here to read the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association letter of endorsement for John Rafferty for Attorney General.

Attorney General candidate John Rafferty added, “I am so honored and proud to have the endorsement of the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association.  The PSCOA and their members are hard-working Pennsylvanians who have one of the most difficult jobs in our community.  They put their lives on the line every day and patrol the toughest areas of our state: the jails.  As Attorney General, I will prosecute those who harm our citizens to the fullest extent of the law. I promise I will take politics out of the office and I will work with all Pennsylvanians to make our state safer. Ensuring the public’s safety is not a partisan issue.”

John Rafferty is the Republican nominee for Attorney General.  As a state senator, John represents the 44th District, which includes parts of Montgomery, Chester and Berks counties.  John previously served as a Deputy Attorney General where he worked in the Criminal Law Division in the Medicaid Fraud Unit.  John’s campaign is 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, the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation and the Laborers’ District Council of Western Pennsylvania.

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Laborers’ District Council of Western Pennsylvania Endorses John Rafferty for Attorney General

HARRISBURG – The Rafferty for Attorney General campaign is proud to announce that the Laborers’ District Council of Western Pennsylvania is endorsing John Rafferty in the race for the Office of Attorney General.

“Western Pennsylvania Laborers are proud to endorse John Rafferty for Attorney General” said Phil Ameris, President of the Laborers’ District Council of Western Pennsylvania. “John Rafferty is a man the people of Pennsylvania can trust to keep his word and he will restore integrity back to the Office of Attorney General. As a State Senator, John Rafferty never lost sight that his number one obligation to the people of our Commonwealth is public safety. That is why he has been a champion for law enforcement and fought for critically needed improvements to our roads and bridges. John Rafferty will be a great Attorney General and we are proud to support his candidacy.”

Attorney General candidate John Rafferty added, “I am so honored and proud to have the endorsement of the Laborers’ District Council of Western Pennsylvania. The Laborers’ and their members are hard-working women and men who represent the backbone of our Commonwealth. I was proud to work with the Phil Ameris and the Laborers’ on a comprehensive transportation-funding package that put their members back to work to help ensure the safety of Pennsylvanians travelling on our roads and bridges. As Attorney General, I promise to take politics out of the office and work with all Pennsylvanians to make our state safer, because ensuring the public’s safety is not a partisan issue.”

John Rafferty is the Republican nominee for Attorney General. As a state senator, John represents the 44th District, which includes parts of Montgomery, Chester and Berks counties. John previously served as a Deputy Attorney General where he worked in the Criminal Law Division in the Medicaid Fraud Unit. John’s 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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Governor Tom Ridge Backs Rafferty for Attorney General

Harrisburg – Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania, today announced his support for John Rafferty as Pennsylvania’s next Attorney General.

“I want a nominee who can restore integrity and the public’s confidence in the Attorney General’s office and that’s why John Rafferty is my candidate,” Gov. Ridge said.

“John has both the legal and prosecutorial experience to be our state’s top law enforcement officer,” said Gov. Ridge.  “As a senator, John has been a leader in criminal justice matters and earned the respect of the men and women in law enforcement and crime victims.  He is ready to lead the Attorney General’s office and return it to the mission of protecting Pennsylvania’s citizens.”

Rafferty said, “I’m honored to have the support of Governor Ridge, who began his distinguished career in public service as an Erie County Assistant District Attorney.”

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

The Republican Primary Election is April 26.

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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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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.

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Republican Party of Pennsylvania Endorses John Rafferty for Attorney General

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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
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