Late addition to the Pennsylvania attorney general race

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February 28, 2012


HARRISBURG, PA: On February 27th, twelve days past the filing deadline, one of the primary races for Attorney General of Pennsylvania got a little more crowded: former U.S. Rep. and state Auditor Don Bailey formalized his bid for the Democratic nomination. The late entry was the result of a paperwork mishap, but Bailey has officially been cleared to run by the Pennsylvania Secretary of State.

Bailey, a decorated Vietnam veteran, served in Congress from 1978-1982, and as Auditor from 1984-1988. He has worked primary as a civil rights lawyer in Harrisburg since 1998, when he lost the Democratic gubernatorial primary to Ivan Itkin. Prior to that election, he ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 1986, for re-election as Auditor in 1988, and again for Auditor in 1992, losing that time in the primary.[1]

Bailey faces former Bucks County Congressman and Iraq vet Patrick Murphy and ex-Assistant District Attorney for Lackawanna County Kathleen Kane in a three-way contest for the Democratic nomination.[2] The Keystone State's current attorney general, Linda Kelly, was appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett (R) upon his election to the Governor's office in 2010. Kelly is not seeking election to a full term, leaving Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed unopposed in the party's primary.

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