Stephen Reed, the former Democratic mayor of Harrisburg, today endorsed Republican Pat Toomey in the U.S. Senate race, praising his vision of economic growth through tax cuts and a lighter regulatory burden.
“Pat Toomey is exactly the kind of candidate that Democrats, Republicans and independents can rally around,” Reed said.
Reed, who served so long he was known as Harrisburg’s “mayor for life,” was first elected in 1981 and served until earlier this year. He was known for redevelopment in the capital city.
Toomey’s opponent, Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak, has racked up endorsements from a pair of prominent figures outside his party: former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Republican; and New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, an independent who used to be a Republican.
Reed endorsed former Republican Gov. Tom Ridge and Sen. Arlen Specter, when the latter was a member of the GOP. Specter became a Democrat last year and lost the primary to Sestak.