Of all the Republicans running for Senate this year, Pennsylvania's Pat Toomey seems to be one of the least likely to tout a Democratic endorsement. He's not a moderate. He's a hard-line pro-business fiscal conservative, having run the DC-based Club for Growth, a free-market interest group, for years. But that's what he's doing today. Toomey's campaign just put out this release, touting an endorsement from longtime Democratic Harrisburg mayor Stephen Reed:
Allentown, PA - In a sign of U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey's surging support, Pat was endorsed by Harrisburg's longest-serving mayor Democrat Mayor Stephen Reed today.Mayor Reed was elected the Democratic mayor of Harrisburg in 1981 and reelected six times through 2005. He is credited with revitalizing Harrisburg, and during the 2000's, he was dubbed "Pennsylvania's most popular and successful mayor." In 2006, Mayor Reed received the bronze third place award in the annual World Mayor competition."Pat Toomey is exactly the kind of candidate that Democrats, Republicans, and Independents can rally around," Mayor Reed said. "His background as a small business owner and his focus on job creation is sorely needed in today's economy. I believe Pat's emphasis on policies that will cut taxes, ease the regulatory burden on Pennsylvania businesses and workers, and encourage entrepreneurship will help our state and country achieve the economic recovery our citizens deserve.""I am honored by Mayor Reed's endorsement of my candidacy today," Pat Toomey said. "Mayor Reed has demonstrated a commitment to job creation and economic growth during his time as Harrisburg's longest serving mayor. There are many Democrats, Independents, and Republicans across Pennsylvania who share Mayor Reed's commitment to get our economy moving again, and I hope to work with all of these folks, regardless of political party."
Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.