Judge Seamus McCaffery: city Democrats run state-wide, GOP doesn't

On May 15, Seamus McCaffery was one of two state Democrats to win a primary as part of his bid to join the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, as reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

He is a law and order judge, but in a city like Philadelphia, McCaffery runs as a lunch pail, white ethnic Democrat. Check the first graf of his bio, themes that make it into most of his stumping:

Seamus McCaffery is a proud immigrant who was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1950, to Seamus and Rita McCaffery. When he was 5, Seamus immigrated to America with his parents and siblings. The family settled in Philadelphia and grew to include 3 brothers and 3 sisters, all of whom remain in Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery counties. Seamus and Rita McCaffery’s extended family now includes 21 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

The Republican candidates were, unsurprisingly, not from Philadelphia and far less funded. Still, a state wide election like Supreme Court judge could provide a platform for a candidate. Some might think that is just what McCaffery is doing, considering he has long been thought to be a possible mayoral candidate, as a 1997 City Paper cover story might suggest. Check out his campaign advertisement running right now.


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