Another big name throws weight behind AG candidate

Calling Patrick Murphy a “strong advocate” and a “voice of moral authority” in efforts to end the war in Iraq and repeal the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, senior Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod lent his support Monday to the Democratic candidate for attorney general during a stop in Philadelphia.

“There are people who run for office who want to be something, and there are people who want to do something,” Axelrod said, while attending a strategy meeting for the Bucks County congressman at the law offices of Berger & Montague. “President Obama has never had a better friend in politics than Patrick Murphy.”

Axelrod, who has been credited with devising the grassroots, volunteer-heavy 2008 campaign that helped propel Obama to office, is the second national figure to offer an endorsement in the two-candidate Democratic fight to become the state’s top prosecutor.

Last month, former President Bill Clinton endorsed ex-Lackawanna County prosecutor Kathleen Kane. Kane served as northeastern Pennsylvania volunteer coordinator for Hilary Clinton’s campaign in 2008.