By Amaris Elliott-Engel
Of the Legal Staff
Daniel McCaffery, an unsuccessful candidate in 2009 for Philadelphia district attorney, a former Philadelphia assistant district attorney, and a shareholder in the Jenkintown, Pa.-based general practice firm Friedman Schuman, announced his candidacy for the Office of Attorney General Monday.
"I am running for attorney general because I know what I'm doing. I have spent every day of the last 20 years in a courtroom; I've never backed down from a fight and never will," McCaffery said in a news release.
McCaffery is the brother of state Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery.
Democrats Patrick J. Murphy, a former U.S. congressman, and Kathleen Granahan Kane, a former Lackawanna County assistant district attorney, have already officially entered the race.
Other possible candidates that have been named in media reports are Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman, a Republican; Democrat Lynne Abraham, former Philadelphia district attorney; Cumberland County District Attorney Dave Freed, a Republican; State Sen. John Rafferty, a Republican from Montgomery County; Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr., a Democrat; Washington County District Attorney Steve Toprani, a Republican; and Republican Gerald J. Pappert, a former interim attorney general and Cephalon's current executive vice president and general counsel.
The elected office has always been won by Republican candidates.