Murphy: Boockvar is a Fighter, a Mother, and a Leader

Kathryn Boockvar, Democratic candidate for the 8th congressional district, formally opened her Bristol campaign office today.  Around 50 people attended, which made for a full office.  These are rough  notes from the public comments at the event, followed by some personal observations.  This is not intended as a full transcript.  As always I apologize for any errors or misconceptions.  Voters with questions should contact the campaign.  

Patrick Murphy, who represented the district from 2006 to 2010, introduced her.

Murphy said Boockvar would represent the families in this year.  He knows her personally and professional and there would be no stronger representative of our families and seniors.  She’s a fighter, a mother, and a leader.  Washington, DC is polarized; people refuse to talk to each other.  There is an article in today’s Inquirer on health insurance rebates due to the new health care law.  It did away with discriminating based on pre-existing conditions and discriminated against women.

Her opponent wants to go back to discriminating against women.  There is a clear contrast.  The economy is not bleeding jobs like it was at the end of George W. Bush’s presidency.  We need to create meaningful jobs.  There used to be 15,000 jobs at US Steel down the road.  Then it was a brownfield.  Now it houses the 5th largest solar field in the United States, people are manufacturing wind turbine and solar panel components.

Congressman Fitzpatrick was the deciding vote on CAFTA.  He said he wouldn’t vote for it then buckled under pressed and voted for it.  Kathy Boockvar won’t be pressured by Democrats or Republicans; she will do the right thing.  Fitzpatrick voted against tax credits to keep jobs in the United States.  It is up to us to fight for our values.  Give Kathy a chance.

The political polarization is a disgrace.  As John McCain said, “Country First.”  The Republicans this eyar said their goal above all was to make Barack Obama a one term president.

Kathy is one of us.  She will fight for civil rights, our families, and our seniors.

Kathryn Boockvar then addressed the crowd.  She thanked Murphy, campaign staff, volunteers, interns, and fellows.

Paul Ryan, Todd Akin, and the RNC draft platform are extreme, and far from the center.  Fitzpatrick and Ryan want to end Medicare as we know it.  They want to redefine rape and support the Tea Party agenda.
American should take care of the middle class families before taking care of millionaires and billionaires.  We need to create good paying jobs and send our kids to college.

I’ve spent my career fighting for Pennsylvania families.  I’ll take that to Washington and make Congress and Congress a common sense.  It is not enough to have a vision.   Making a vision a reality takes hard work.  We need to end tax breaks for billionaires and special interests.

You are my eyes and ears and boots on the ground.

Personal notes after the jump.
Murphy is clearly very popular with his neighbors in Bristol.  He brought his children with him, and was dressed casually.  It is one of the few times I’ve seen him when he wasn’t wearing a suit.  The crowd was anxious to greet him, ask about his family, and talk about local matters.  They weren’t asking political favors; they just like him.

Boockvar’s volunteers are devoted to her.  The campaign staff greeted me when I came in and steered me towards the food (woot!).  The volunteers talked about how wonderful they think Boockvar is and one woman told me how much she enjoyed spending time on the campaign.  

I like going to events in Lower Bucks County because the people there are just so darn nice.  It’s not always easy to find locations; one way streets abound and if you aren’t familiar with that specific neighborhood it can be tricky to maneuver.  But it’s always well worth the effort.  

Boockvar seems at ease with people.  She walked around the room greeting people, many of whom wanted to be photographed with her.  Her daughter was in attendance and frequently went to stand by her mother.  

Cross-posted from Above Average Jane

Pennsylvania AG Democratic Primary: Part 2

Crossposted from Democratic Convention Watch

A few days ago, I wrote about this race, and at the time, I didn't know what to do. Now, I'm very clear. Yesterday, my brother called about an anti-Kane ad he'd heard from the Murphy campaign. I decided to check out all the oppo research, and found this article. Normally, I'm not a fan of the site that put it up because they lean Republican, but this piece was sourced.

More after the jump.

It appears that Patrick Murphy never took the PA bar, and has never tried a case in this state. This is true, but he passed the MN bar and that was accepted by PA. He has prosecuted cases in Iraq. Also, it appears that voted for George W. Bush in 2000, although not in 2004. He says he was “duped by compassionate conservatism”, and I'm giving him a walk on that one.

It also appears that Kane and her family own a trucking business that is anti-union. It appears that she may or may not have direct ties, but her husband certainly does. I'm willing to let that one go. Further, she flirted with the idea of actively supporting McCain in 2008, but ultimately decided against it. I remember how angry the Clinton supporters were, so I'm giving her a pass on that one, too. 

Where it gets dicey about Kane is with her and her husband's political contributions. They've given to both sides over the years, and I find that very concerning. They gave $10,000 to Ed Rendell, and yet Fast Eddie is supporting Murphy. Interesting. But what stuck with me is that Katherine Kane, personally, gave $500 to Tom Corbett in 2010.

And that decides it for me. I am going to vote for Patrick Murphy, and if he wins, I plan on donating time and money to his campaign. Tom Corbett? $500? There was no question in 2010 about what Corbett was, and he turned out to be even worse, and I cannot support anyone who furthered his career to the detriment of the entire state of Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania AG Democratic Primary

Here in Pennsylvania when we go to the polls in two weeks, there is contested Democratic primary for the Attorney General position. There have only been five elected attorneys general in Pennsylvania, it used to be an appointed position. All five are Republicans. All are men. Currently, there is a (Republican) woman in the position, appointed to fill the position until the election as the previous occupant is now the governor.

There are two good Democratic candidates: Kathleen Kane (website) and Patrick Murphy (website). You know Patrick, he was previously a Congressman, he was early on-board for Obama in 2008, he's an Iraq vet. Patrick has a ton of endorsements, the most recent from David Axelrod. He's the party choice. His legal experience is as a professor and recently as a litigator. If he wins the primary, he has a shot at winning in November.

Kathleen Kane is an actual prosecutor. She's tough, she's truly experienced and in real terms, she is the most qualified candidate to ever have run for this position. Her biggest endorsement is from Bubba the Big Dog, Bill Clinton, who is actively campaigning for her. 

The dilemma for all of us voting in the primary is that Patrick has a much better chance of winning in November compared to Kathleen. At least that would be true in any regular year, but 2012 is odd in a lot of ways. First, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party has a long history of not being able to turn out voters, that is a task normally left to the campaigns, and in that regard, Patrick is much better placed as he has a large organization in the Philly burbs. Second, Pennsylvania does not have any sort of history of electing women on a large scale. Call it the war on women redux, but that's the history. 

What makes this year different is that Obama will have to campaign here, and campaign hard. If you look at a lot of Republican organizations in a lot of states, like Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin, to name only a few, they're in disarray, and they will have trouble turning out their voters.  The Republican party in PA is more organized, and has an entrenched power system in place, especially given the state government. Obama needs to hold Pennsylvania, and we expect to be seeing a lot of him. Further, Bubba the Big Dog has already promised at least 3 joint appearances with Obama, he'll likely also campaign here as a surrogate. Already, he's doing events for Kathleen. A lot of synergy there.

Finally, this may well be the year of the women who run. There aren't as many as there have been in prior years, but this IS the year that the GOP declared open war on women, and the backlash of that may well reverberate well in voting booths around the nation. That is, women voting their own self-interest.

And so, what are you going to do?