Pennsylvania GOP endorses McCain
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The Pennsylvania Republican Committee endorsed U.S. Sen. John McCain for the GOP presidential nomination at a meeting yesterday in Harrisburg.
The vote came after appeals on the Arizona senator's behalf from prominent Republicans, including former Gov. Tom Ridge -- a national co-chairman of the McCain campaign -- and Sen. Arlen Specter. Last week, both of the state's members of the Republican National Committee endorsed Mr. McCain and urged the state committee to support him.
The vote was unanimous, but not entirely smooth. Karen Shaheen, a committee member from Allegheny County, angrily walked out after accusing party leaders of orchestrating the McCain endorsement while excluding other candidates.
"After months of watching this contested presidential race unfold, our Party came together and endorsed the most qualified candidate for President, Senator John McCain,'' state party Chairman Robert A. Gleason Jr. said in a statement.
"The members of our Party are aware that our country is still at war, and Senator McCain has the experience necessary to lead our nation during these challenging times. The security of our families is paramount, our country is under the constant threat of terrorist attack, and Senator McCain is the best candidate to keep our country safe over the next four years."
First Published February 10, 2008 4:41 am