Despite some really powerful backers of the other three Democratic candidates, State Senator Daylin Leach (and his top-notch finance team) have risen to the top this quarter.
Senator Daylin Leach, known by his supporters as the “Liberal Lion”, raised $335,556 this quarter, and racked up a slew of endorsements from progressive organizations and leaders, including Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), MoveOn.org, Democracy for America, Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), Blue America PAC, The Network for Public Education, Progressive Kick, Progressive Majority, both Chairs of the U.S. House CongressionalProgressive Caucus — Rep. Raul Grijalva(D-AZ) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), and progressive champion U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL). Just this week, Leach announced his endorsements by the Pennsylvania State Education Association and the National Education Association, which both have powerful influences over Pennsylvania voters, especially in a time of utter turmoil in terms of education policy and funding.
Dr. Val Arkoosh, the only medical professional (and non-politician) in the race, raised an impressive $219,774, but could not edge any closer to the progressive champion. Her organizational support is predominantly in the medical community with a few women’s groups, including the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare, Women’s Campaign Fund, American Medical Political Action Committee (AMPAC), Pennsylvania Medical Political Action Committee (PAMPAC), American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Political Action Committee (ACOG PAC), American College of Cardiology Political Action Committee (ACC PAC), Society of Thoracic Surgeons Political Action Committee (STS-PAC), American Psychology Association Practice Organization Political Action Committee (APAPO-PAC), American Society of Anesthesiologists Political Action Committee (ASAPAC), American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP-PAC), and the American Society of Orthopedic Surgeons Political Action Committee (AAOS-PAC).
Marjorie Margolies, the perceived front-runner in this race, is the strangest part of this story. Despite having nationally recognized supporters like Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and even President Bill Clinton, who came to fundraise for her last week, Margolies only raised $211,178. Many of Margolies’ local endorsements are from politicians who would directly benefit from a Josh Shapiro congressional candidacy in 2016, making it less of a vote of confidence for her abilities and more of an indication of her role as a place-holder for two years.
Representative Boyle, who has counted mainly on union support in this race, has raised the least this quarter, with $114,173. He has endorsements from the APWU Local 7098, Boilermakers Local 13, Bricklayers Local 1, Communication Workers Local 13000, FOP Lodge 5, FOP Lodge 37, IATSE, IBEW Local 98, Insulators Local 14, Iron Workers Local 401, Iron Workers Local 405, Plumbers Local 690, Operating Engineers, PGW Local 686, Sheet Metal Workers, Sprinkler Fitters Local 692, Steamfitters Local 420, Teamsters, Transport Workers Union, UNITE HERE, United Steel Workers, Congressman Bob Brady, Councilman Bobby Henon, Councilman Bill Greenlee, State Senator Mike Stack, State Rep. Ed Neilson, State Rep. James Clay, and State Rep. Mike McGeehan. Though this long list of endorsements is quite impressive, it is likely that his lack of financial resources will hinder his success in this race.