Murphy proves he is not fit to be attorney general – goes after Bailey’s family in attempt to extort him to quit AG race

In a bold and reckless attempt to coerce Don Bailey to give up his bid for attorney general, Patrick Murphy threatened to go after Bailey’s family for some sort of bogus allegations of fraud in the circulation of Bailey’s nominating petitions.  The allegations were nothing but bald-faced threats, and were completely baseless, and have not been followed through upon.  In pulling such a dirty political trick, Patrick Murphy has conclusively shown that he lacks the discretion and judgment to be Pennsylvania’s next attorney general.

While this site has endorsed the candidacy of Don Bailey, this article cannot be mistaken as a mere opportunist counter-attack.  It just so happens that the core of everything that this site and the record of Mr. Bailey stand for are summarized as opposition to the abuse of power for political purposes.  Nothing can more offend that principle than a threat by an aspirant for the position of highest law enforcement office of this Commonwealth to engineer a political result by suggestions that family members of candidates will be gone after.  This is extortionist conduct.  The declaration Bailey filed with the election commission follows:

Bailey Election Affidavit

Perhaps reeling from his last-place finish in the Westmoreland County endorsement contest, and his concern that he had no more corner on the veteran vote, with a real war hero, and decorated veteran in the race, to counter his service which, while honorable, was served in the JAG corps as a lawyer, not out in the bush leading troops, fighting for his country, and saving lives, Murphy turned to an act of desperation in attacking the family of, of all people, Don Bailey.  There was no debate, there were no exchanges of views, there was nothing more than meeting in Greensburg, and coming in last that prompted Murphy’s attack.  Why?  Who did Murphy take his leads from?

Murphy’s campaign website boasts that he has “dedicated his life to protecting Pennsylvania families, ” yet he is going right after the family of one of his opponents, not caring if it was a wife or a daughter, and then not explaining himself when respectfully asked to – allowing the threat and concern to linger over Bailey’s family.  At the very least, and this is being favorable, Murphy’s shenanigan demonstrates a serious lack of discretion and judgment – the fact alone that a candidate for attorney general can contemplate engaging in such conduct is a categorical disqualifier, in the view of this site.  Mr. Murphy is called upon to quit the race.

Why is Patrick Murphy, a 38 year-old lawyer who doesn’t try cases in Pennsylvania courts, and was admitted on another state’s bar exam, running for attorney general?  What experience does he bring that qualifies him to stand for any of the issues that face Pennsylvanians legal rights?  This action by Murphy suggests that he is running on raw ambition alone, with reports having it that he wants to be the next Democratic Governor, with the endorsement of Ed Rendell himself behind him, and has even higher ambitions along the lines of another famous Irish Catholic politician.

The Office of Attorney General, particularly in these times, is not something that should be viewed as a mere stepping stone on the path of a brighter political career.  Pennsylvanians have been stepped on by their politicians long enough, and they need an attorney general with his finger on the pulse of the problems that are affecting our daily lives, and not his eye on the next political prize.  Patrick Murphy decidedly does not have the qualifications to be Pennsylvania’s next attorney general.

We have learned that Murphy has filed a separate challenge to Bailey’s petitions.  Absent from the challenge is any mention of the threats against Bailey’s family, the only proper place any such issues should be raised.  We understand that Murphy hired a firm to undertake some kind of separate review of the election petitions, and are raising some technical challenges to the petitions, which is no surprise.  We understand that the challenge documents by Murphy’s supporters that have been filed, on their face contain demonstrably false information.  We expect this matter will proceed into the courts, but clearly view anything coming out of the campaign of Patrick Murphy with suspicion, as should the courts.

Thank you.

3 thoughts on “Murphy proves he is not fit to be attorney general – goes after Bailey’s family in attempt to extort him to quit AG race”

  1. Desperation is the keyword. Surely, someone finds it somewhat ironic that in Mr. Murphy’s pursuit of the highest law enforcement office within the Commonwealth, he finds it necessary to stoop to extortion. If it were not so pathetic, (and unlawful) it would be utterly laughable.

    Setting that aside, (momentarily) clearly this becomes an issue of character; character for which Mr. Murphy has demonstrated he sorely lacks; character that, Mr. Murphy of his own volition, out of unmitigated fear and desperation, has irrevocably sullied – preferring instead to wade neck-high in the cesspool of Pennsylvania backdoor politics that have long come to be synonymous with the putrid-festered stench of corruption which so plagues our system.

    Mr. Murphy’s first mistake is not that he found it necessary, out of desperation, to stoop so low as to attempt to extort a challenger out of the race; to the contrary, Mr. Murphy’s first, albeit, fatal mistake was his woeful failure to obtain even a modicum of intelligence/understanding of the character of the man he so feebly attempted to extort. For had he and/or his staff performed even a periphery review, they would have instantly and unequivocally realized that Don Bailey simply cannot be bribed, cannot be intimidated, coerced, and/or threatened, regardless of the source, the power which dare do so.

    To that end, Mr. Murphy: Stand in line, take a number and pack a lunch pal; far more devious aspirants, sick and twisted power hungry politicos have and yet continue to unlawfully use their positions of public trust in hopes they may yet silence the one man they all fear most; and make no mistake about it, they (being the crooked and corrupt) all fear Don Bailey, what he might say, and more importantly, what he WILL do, as Attorney General.

    Alas, i can see it now, some of these undeniably corrupt and crooked individuals must literally be soiling themselves, fearing not only the fact Mr. Bailey has a platform by which to publicly expose them, but moreover, the incredible amount of fear that must course their veins, engulfing them all, should he actually win. (oh no, Run Forrest Run!!)

    It goes without saying: Those who are charged with upholding the law are oft amongst the very worse of all scofflaws. That statement is indicative of the status quo of Pennsylvania politics and its infestation of our judiciary. It is an indictment of a system that desires to remain in the dark ages, and fears any light being shown thereupon. It is an indictment that is self-evident; readily seen in innumerable judicial decisions that, contrary to their oath(s), seek not what is just and right under the law, but rather, seeks to nefariously protect and advance the very corruption that so permeates our system. Under any honest observation, what is and has been going on in Pennsylvania, unbridled, should literally shock the conscious of any reasonable man or woman.

    These deviants, operate insidiously; under a thinning veneer of “justice” that most would never believe exists, to the degree it does, feigning that what is going on does not somehow affect them. (But affect them, each and every, it does!)

    The measure of coruption only becomes overtly obvious, if not altogether blatant, when men (or women) of true character and courage dare challenge it. Without this challenge, (and exposure) it matters not what other issue (and there are many which need addressed) be, for in the final analysis, as long as their exists public corruption in our state offices and more particularly, in our courts, everything else is indelibly tainted by decisions rendered through the lens of corruption.

    Be that as it may, the imminent issue present here is one of character. Mr. Murphy has somewhat precipitously demonstrated he lacks the character and integrity to hold the office he (for the time being -wantonly ambitious) now seeks. Whereas, Don Bailey’s character and integrity remains firmly intact, unassailable. Maybe, we should thank Mr. Murphy for having revealed his character flaw early on.

    The question for the voters is equally clear: Do you want a man such a Mr. Murphy, who out of desperation (being wholly unable to debate issues on their merits) needs to resort to extortion in hopes of coercing a candidate to drop out; or, do you want a man, who not only talks, but time and again, despite whatever threat leveled against him, in pursuit of doing what he knows to be right, actually does the walk?

    Think about it – if you want the corruption that so infests our system to be rooted out, who better than Don Bailey, as the perennial stalwart vanguard of all that is just and right for the common man and woman, (and not beholden to what is and has long been the curried interests of the privileged few), to be the one to lead that charge.

    In closing, i would be remiss if i did not address Mr. Murphy’s blathering assertion that maybe some of the “circulators” (which, i believe, is meant to include me) are not qualified; i must say, cognizant of the desperation that propels this, you sir, need to do your homework/research, prior to making such accusations. Again, this is only another example of why Mr. Murphy, in my humble opinion, is unfit to hold the office he seeks.

    respectfully submitted…

  2. Recently, I would have loved to assist in gathering names on a nominating petition in support of Don Bailey for Pa Attorney General.
    However, once realizing I was not a current registered Democrat, his office quickly advised me I could not participate.
    I have to add that, given this, I find that it is extremely unlikely there has been anything improper in the manner in which the Don Bailey for Pa Attorney General nominating petitions were circulated.

  3. I see a sinister direction here. I have been around the courts in this commonwealth long enough to know if this issue goes to court, bad things will happen. It won’t matter if the challenge has merit or not. The powers that be have total control over the puppet Judiciary. Fairness and justice have nothing to do with any of this. Many, many elections have been decided in the courtroom and not the ballot box in this totally corrupt state. The fear of Mr. Bailey and what he could do as Attorney General must be scaring the tar out of opposition.

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