Democratic attorney general candidate Patrick Murphy got the backing of the SEIU Pennsylvania State Council, a 80,000-member labor group, this afternoon.
The former Bucks County congressman announced the endorsement during a press conference in the state Capitol Rotunda. The union's purple-shirt-clad members are familiar faces in the state Capitol, as they have been politically active on a variety of recent issues, including healthcare and the commonwealth's budget in general.
“Patrick Murphy is always there when we need him to protect the rights of workers. In Patrick, our members always know they have a friend and a champion for middle-class families. Patrick has a vision for this office of Attorney General," said Neal Bisno, President of SEIU Healthcare PA, in a campaign news release.
"He will stand up for working families, which is exactly what we need in elected officials today. He recognizes we need to have an aggressive Attorney General that is not afraid to stand up to the lobbyists and shape public policy to create a better Pennsylvania.”
Murphy is facing off against former Lackawanna County prosecutor Kathleen Kane in the April primary. The winner will oppose GOP Cumberland County district attorney Dave Freed on the November general election ballot.