Disappointed. That's how I felt when I learned former President Bill Clinton endorsed Kathleen Kane for attorney general. Having been privileged to personally meet President Clinton, my affection for him remains unaffected but I feel the President whose life has not been "normal" for several decades now has become incapable of acting outside the same-old "politics as-usual".
Having been elected and appointed to represent voters in Lycoming County in various capacities for five years, I've had ample opportunity to meet with every Democratic candidate for state office since that time and have thoroughly judged each on their life experiences; character; beliefs; vision, and personality. With this in mind, we're convinced Patrick Murphy is the best choice for attorney general.
As an executive board member of the Pennsylvania Young Democrats, we have endorsed Patrick Murphy as the best person capable of showing us an attorney general doesn't always have to be an emotionally remote prosecutor, or instigator.
Of the many qualities an attorney general should possess, I believe courage is an integral part in executing the job. We need not look any further than Patrick Murphy when it comes to courage.
The first Iraq conflict veteran elected to congress, he was under thirty-five when he took office; and weather you agreed with it or not he was brave in leading the congressional efforts to repeal "Don't ask, don't tell", a law proven to be pointless and discriminatory in its nature that from its very core was the complete antithesis of American greatness. It's provocative how President Clinton signed DADT into law but it took Patrick Murphy to correct the former president's admitted error in history.
While Ms. Kane is an impressive candidate, I speak for myself when I say I'd prefer to have an attorney general with proven leadership skills, an unmatched passion for justice, the temerity to envision a truly fair society and to fight for it.
Christopher A. Benson
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