Pa. law enforcement officers’ organizations are backing McCaffery for state Supreme Court – Pennsylvania Capital-Star

Judge Daniel McCaffery, the Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Supreme Court, has received the backing of three organizations representing law enforcement officers, groups that typically align more closely to Republican candidates. The Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police, (FOP) the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, (PSTA) and the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association (PSCOA)  all have announced their backing for McCaffery.

“Your demonstrated support of law enforcement and the rule of law shows resolute determination in making Pennsylvania a safe place for our citizens to live, work and raise a family,” David M. Kennedy, president of the PSTA, which represents 4,300 active and retired State Police troopers, wrote in a letter to the McCaffery campaign announcing its endorsement. 

“Not only is he a skilled judge, former prosecutor and military veteran, Judge McCaffrey understands the challenges state corrections officers and staff face each and every day in our dangerous work,” the PSCOA, which has some 10,000 members, wrote in an endorsement. “Judge McCaffrey has our backs. We need his experience on the Supreme Court bench.”

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McCaffery is the only Democrat the Pennsylvania FOP, which represents approximately 40,000 law enforcement officers, is backing in this election cycle. “Judge Dan McCaffery understands the role our members have in the commonwealth which is why the membership voted to endorse him for Judge of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania,” the organization, said in a statement.

McCaffery is running for the seat left vacant by Justice Max Baer, who died last year. He’s received support from several reproductive rights organizations, including Reproductive Freedom for All, the group formerly known as NARAL, and Planned Parenthood Votes, the political arm of reproductive rights organization Planned Parenthood, has poured money into a state ad campaign — the largest investment it’s ever made in a state supreme court race. 

The Planned Parenthood Votes ads criticized McCaffery’s Republican opponent, Judge Carolyn Carluccio, for what they view as her stance against reproductive rights, claiming she erased references to her previous position against abortion from her website. Her campaign has attributed the change to a website redesign. Carluccio received the Republican Party endorsement in the primary, and is endorsed by the PA Pro-Life Federation and Pro-Life Coalition of Pennsylvania, both of which oppose abortion.

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McCaffery said in a statement that he has a track record of being “tough on crime and fair in the courtroom,” and was grateful for the endorsements. 

“Every Pennsylvanian deserves to feel safe, and the fact that the people we trust to keep us safe are supporting my candidacy says a lot,” he said.

Democrats currently have a 4-2 majority on Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court, and justices serve 10-year terms. Three of the four Democratic justices  — Christine Donohue, David N. Wecht, and Kevin M. Dougherty — will be up for reelection when their terms end in 2026. The court is currently weighing a case involving Medicaid coverage for abortion.


Originally published at,by Kim Lyons

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