Ex-Rep. Murphy to Run for Pa. Attorney General

2-term Congressman announces bid for statewide office in 2012

It was no secret that Patrick Murphy had unfinished business after the 2010 loss of his 8th District Congressional seat.

Murphy launched a campaign on Wednesday for the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania Attorney General in 2012.

Murphy said, the people of Pennsylvania "need an outsider who will continue to root out corruption in Harrisburg and across this Commonwealth."

Democrats Dan McCaffery and Kathleen Granaham Kane have also announced they are candidates. Former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham has said she is considering entering the race.

Murphy served two terms in the U.S. House from 2007 until January of this year. He became the first Iraq War veteran to serve in Congress.

After losing a reelection bid to Republican Mike Fitzpatrick in November 2010, Murphy joined the Philly law firm Fox Rothschild and also returned to his Alma mater, Widener Law, to teach classes.

The 37-year-old Murphy, the son of a Philly cop, made his campaign announcement in the Fairmount neighborhood where he grew up.

“As the son of a police officer, I know the value of public safety,” he said.

He kicked off his 2012 campaign with wide support from several former Congressional colleagues, state and local elected officials and nearly a dozen area labor unions.

Gov. Tom Corbett has named Linda Kelly, a federal prosecutor from Pittsburgh, to serve the remainder of his term as Attorney General. While Kelly awaits state Senate confirmation, William Ryan, Jr. is serving in the position on an interim basis.

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