Judge Daniel McCaffery
The Working Families Party, which describes itself as a “multiracial party that fights for workers over bosses and people over the powerful,” is backing Judge Daniel McCaffery for Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
As the progressive Working Families Party looks to increase its influence in the Keystone State, it views the Supreme Court race as an important one to be involved in. In a statement to the Capital-Star, Joe Dinkin, campaigns director for the party, noted that McCaffery has been backed by reproductive rights organizations and unions. He repeated a charge that has been levied repeatedly against Republican candidate Carolyn Carluccio during the campaign, that she is “trying to hide her past positions on abortion and cannot be trusted.”
McCaffery, a Democrat serving as a judge on the Pennsylvania Superior Court, is facing Carluccio, a Republican serving as a judge on the Montgomery County Court of Common Plea. The seat was left vacant by the death of Justice Max Baer, in September 2022. Democrats currently hold a 4-2 majority on the court.
Shoshanna Israel, Pennsylvania elections director for the Working Families Party, told the Capital-Star that the decision to back McCaffery, along with the Democrats running for Pennsylvania’s Superior Court, Judge Timika Lane and Jill Beck, was made at the state committee meeting in September. Beck and Lane, along with Republicans Maria Battista and Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas Judge Harry Smail, are competing for two open spots on the state Superior Court.
The Working Families Party also supported Judge Janet Protasiewicz, who won a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the spring (although Republicans there are now threatening to impeach her).
Israel said the right to choose, voter access and the safety of vote-by-mail were the main reasons the Working Families Party decided to support McCaffery.
Carluccio is supported by the PA Pro-Life Federation and Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania, both of which oppose abortion. She told the Capital-Star in a recent interview that “in spite of what other people have been putting out there … I will apply the law even when I don’t like it, even if I don’t agree with it, doesn’t matter, I will apply the law.”
Dinkin told the Capital-Star that the Working Families Party is planning to spend around $400,000 on a field organizing and education program to mobilize voters for McCaffery and other candidates the party is backing in November.
“WFP is currently focused in Philadelphia where we’ve built strong familiarity with WFP and our values with voters over the years, and where we’re excited about re-electing Kendra Brooks and electing Nicolas O’Rourke to the City Council,” Dinkin said.
The Working Families Party held its first-ever national convention in Philadelphia in early October. Israel said the party is also supporting Democrats Sara Innamorato for Allegheny County Executive, and Matt Dugan for Allegheny County District Attorney, as well as several other candidates in local county commissioner races.
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