In a long campaign season there will be statements and misstatements, great lines and gaffes. That's the nature of politics. It happens regardless of political party or policy position.
One quote in a press release issued Saturday night by the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee is eye-catching because it would seem to re-enforce the message of those running against Barack Obama.
In a release about the PA Democrat Party endorsements for statewide candidates, State Democrat Party Chairman Jim Burn is quoted as saying his party is ready "to work hard and reelect President Obama, Senator Casey, Treasurer McCord and a full slate of Democrats who will state up for the middle class."
Here is the full text of the press release:
Pennsylvania Democrats Hold Winter Meeting, Statewide Endorsement Meeting
Strong Participation Shows Enthusiasm for 2012 Election
State College, PA - This weekend, the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee held its winter meeting where leaders and activists got together to kick off the 2012 campaign season. During the meeting the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee held trainings and seminars to prepare activists and Democratic Party leaders for the 2012 elections where we will be working to reelect President Barack Obama, Senator Bob Casey, Treasurer Rob McCord and many other strong Democrats throughout the state while holding Republicans accountable for their actions, which have hurt the middle class. The Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee also held its endorsement meeting for statewide candidates. This weekend's meeting was one of the best attended in recent memory. The hotel sold out and attendees were referred to an overflow hotel. The strong participation shows Democratic enthusiasm for the upcoming campaign.
The party worked hard over the weekend to train its members and get ready for a competitive election season. On Friday, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party engaged in trainings and strategy meetings that will help elect strong Democrats up and down the ballot. That evening, State Party Chairman Jim Burn, Eugene DePasquale, Rob McCord, Patrick Murphy, Kathleen Kane, Dan McCaffery, Mark Critz and Kathryn Boockvar spoke to attendees at an evening social about the importance of electing Democratic candidates who will stand up for the middle class.
"Democrats are ready to work hard and reelect President Obama, Senator Casey, Treasurer McCord and a full slate of Democrats who will state up for the middle class. Our winter meeting brought Democrats from throughout the state together to prepare for the 2012 elections," said Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn. "The turnout and enthusiasm shows that Democrats are ready to get to work and win in 2012. We had a series of successful trainings that will help give local leaders and activists the tools to elect Democrats in their communities. We are also prepared to get to work for our endorsed Auditor General candidate, Eugene DePasquale. The Democratic Party is hard at work to elect a strong slate of candidates in 2012 - and this weekend's meeting was a promising beginning to the campaign season."
On Saturday, Sen. Bob Casey, Treasurer Rob McCord, and Eugene DePasquale received the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee's endorsements and spoke to the crowd. Incumbents Sen. Bob Casey and Treasurer Rob McCord were endorsed by the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee by acclimation. State Representative Eugene DePasquale was unopposed for the nomination for Auditor General and received the endorsement of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee.
Patrick Murphy, Dan McCaffery and Kathleen Kane competed for the endorsement in the Attorney General's race.
Attorney General Results:
First Ballot: Patrick Murphy 161 votes, Dan McCaffery 99 votes, Kathleen Kane 58 votes.
Since no candidate received 2/3 of the vote on the first ballot, the lowest performing candidate, Kathleen Kane, was removed from the ballot, and a second ballot was cast.
Second Ballot: Patrick Murphy 191 votes, Dan McCaffery 125 votes
Since no candidate received 2/3 of the vote on the second ballot, the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee will not issue an endorsement in the Attorney General's race.
To receive the endorsement of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee, a candidate must receive 2/3 of the vote from the state committee members present at the time of the vote.
"We have a strong field of Attorney General candidates - each of whom has the ability to defeat the Republican nominee in November," said Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman Jim Burn. "Today's meeting illustrated what is best about the Democratic Party - that we are an inclusive party that represents a wide array of beliefs, and that we believe in the democratic process. While the Republicans are strong-arming candidates out of their primaries, our party is grateful to have so many candidates qualified for the position and ready to win. We know that any of our candidates can win in November and we look forward to a collegial debate of ideas leading up to the primary. We are ready to come together to fight and win all our races, from the White House and Senate seat to all of our row offices and local elections."
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