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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