The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Politics

July 23, 2012

IT'S JUST POLITICS: Porter making independent run for 3rd District

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Eaton picked up a big endorsement last week with the announcement that her campaign has the seal of approval of former Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell.

“There is no one better suited to be the advocate for the people of the 3rd District in Washington. She is strong in her convictions and willing to do whatever is necessary to ensure the people of the 3rd District are represented in Congress,” Rendell said.

Eaton said the endorsement is further evidence that her campaign is gaining ground and a validation of her approach to the race.

“When Governor Rendell takes the time to learn more about you and endorse you, you know you’re doing it right,” Eaton said.

Rendell’s is the highest profile endorsement Eaton has picked up so far. While she’s also scored the backing of the Women’s Campaign Fund and a few labor unions, she was denied the crown jewel of union endorsement when the AFL-CIO decided recently not to endorse a candidate in the Third District race.

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 While the national media buzzes over the question of whether or not Mitt Romney will release years worth of tax returns, we’re still waiting for word on the personal finances of both Kelly and Eaton.

As a member of Congress, Kelly’s financial disclosures were due to be released last month but the Republican, who was pegged last year as one of the richest members of Congress with a net worth of at least $12 million, has filed for an extension so he can make sure all the T’s are crossed and I’s are dotted, according to his D.C. office.

Kelly’s report last year was released in August.

Kelly’s disclosure is likely to reflect his sale of his family’s stake in a natural gas company founded by his wife’s family that drew fire last year from liberal rabble-rouser Rev. Al Sharpton and a sharp defense from Kelly.

As a candidate for Congress, Eaton was required to file similar financial disclosure forms. We’re working through the bureaucracy to get that information and as soon as we have both candidate’s disclosures we’ll report the details.

 

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