A DSD Highlight….
Tim Murphy celebrates his win in the Republican primary for the 18th District in the U.S. House.
U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy on Tuesday locked up the GOP nomination for a sixth term in the 18th District after fending off a political newcomer’s claims that he isn’t conservative enough.
It was the first time Mr. Murphy, 59, of Upper St. Clair, has had a primary challenge. His opponent, Evan Feinberg, 28, an Upper St. Clair resident aligned with the conservative Tea Party movement, trailed in the returns all night.
“I’m excited about what lies ahead,” Mr. Murphy said. The election results, he said, are a reminder “that, as a nation, we grow stronger not by division and subtraction but by addition.”
Mr. Murphy will face Democratic Washington County Commissioner Larry Maggi, a former lawman and Marine, in the general election. Mr. Maggi was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.
The 18th District takes in parts of Allegheny, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties. Thirty-six percent of voters are Republican and 53 percent are Democrats, making races something of an ideological tap dance.
Mr. Murphy describes himself as conservative and has said that his record — which includes votes against Wall Street bailouts, President Barack Obama’s health care plan and the cap-and-trade energy tax — reflects his conservative-leaning constituency.
At the same time, Mr. Murphy has said that he’s willing to maintain lines of communication with unions and other groups not traditionally part of the Republican camp…..Share on Facebook