Monday, August 29, 2005 NewsFlash - Former state treasurer Hafer won't run for Congress NewsFlash - Former state treasurer Hafer won't run for Congress: "Former state treasurer Hafer won't run for Congress
8/29/2005, 11:26 a.m. ET
The Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former state treasurer Barbara Hafer said Monday she has decided not to run for Congress against U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy because she does not want to take time away from her new consulting business.

"It was a matter of trying to go through the analysis of how much I could do for the business, and if I could keep the business going while running," Hafer said in a telephone interview. "The business is too young, and my clients are very important to me."

Hafer's decision marks the second time in recent months that she has rejected the prospect of seeking a congressional seat.

State Democratic Party Chairman T.J. Rooney said he was disappointed that Hafer would not challenge Murphy in 2006, but he expected another strong Democratic candidate to emerge.

"Admittedly, it's a setback, but I certainly believe today that U.S. Rep. Murphy is vulnerable," Rooney said. "I'm confident that we'll find a good, top-shelf candidate who can mount a campaign against him."

Murphy, a former state senator and psychologist, has won his two contests in the 18th Congressional District easily. The district covers parts of Allegheny, Washington and Westmoreland counties and has more registered Democrats than Republicans.

Hafer, 61, was an Allegheny County Commissioner before serving two terms each as state auditor general and state treasurer. She lost the 1990 gubernatorial election to Democrat Robert P. Casey in 1990 and switched parties in 2003 after supporting Rendell, a Democrat, for governor.

Hafer considered challenging Republican U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum in the 2006 election after she left the treasurer's office in January. She dropped out in March when Democratic leaders favored the current state treasurer and Casey's son, Robert P. Casey Jr., to represent the party.

Her firm, Hafer & Associates, advises governments and private companies on how to improve their revenue."


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