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Subseries 6. Opposition Research

Scope and Content Notes:

The Opposition Research section is arranged in three groups, as follows: 1978 Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Governor Candidates; Pennsylvania Politicians; and Other Pennsylvania Politicians. Folders are arranged by the name of the politician or candidate. Much of the material here consists of newspaper clippings and the date range is 1977 -1978, though some material dates back to the late 1960s depending on the politician's career. Annotations by Thornburgh are evident throughout these materials.

The 1978 Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Governor Candidates section is organized by candidate. The bulk of the material pertains to Democrat gubernatorial candidate, Pete Flaherty, Mayor of Pittsburgh from 1970 to 1977. For all candidates the files include newspaper clippings, but also, for example: biographical sketches, campaign literature, reports, Thornburgh staff research, and press releases. In addition to Pete Flaherty, these files include the other major Democrat and Republican figures that ran in the '78 gubernatorial primary. Candidates for Lieutenant Governor include William W. Scranton, III (R) and Robert P. Casey (D).

A note to the researcher: you will see the name Robert P. Casey twice in this section. In an unusual circumstance, two men with the identical name ran for office in the Primary. The "real" Bob Casey ran for Governor and the other for Lieutenant Governor, capitalizing on the name and reputation of former Auditor General Casey, who opposed Pete Flaherty in the primary, and who years later was a successful candidate for Governor in '86. The Thornburgh campaign successfully identified the '78 Lieutenant Governor candidate, Robert P. Casey, as the "wrong Bob Casey." The endorsement of Thornburgh/Scranton by high school teacher Casey's school newspaper, the Taylor Allderdice "Forward," was a notable campaign event which generated considerable media coverage across the state in the final weeks before the election.

The Pennsylvania Politicians section include some major Pennsylvania political players, who may have considered running for governor or were thought likely to run, but didn't. The bulk of these materials are newspaper clippings but also included are newsletters and campaign literature.

The Other Pennsylvania Politicians section is arranged alphabetically. Politicians included here were active figures in Commonwealth politics, whether currently campaigning for public office, or not. The materials collected vary from person to person but primarily consist of newspaper clippings.

Section: Candidates for Governor

Section: Pete Flaherty (D) Candidate Gubernatorial Race, 1978"


Box 87
Folder 1 The research effort regarding Flaherty's record by Thornburgh staff member Tom Darr and volunteers 1977-1978
Folder 2 Biographical and personal 1977-1978
Folder 3 Nancy Flaherty (wife) 1977-1978
Folder 4 Jim Flaherty (brother) 1977-1978
Folder 5 City Council Record 1977-1978
Folder 6 1969 Mayor Campaign 1977-1978
Folder 7 Mayor of Pittsburgh, statistics, problems, reports 1977-1978
Folder 8 Political analysis 1977-1978
Folder 9 Population figures for the City of Pittsburgh during Flaherty's first term as the Mayor of Pittsburgh 1977-1978
Folder 10 City of Pittsburgh Bond Ratings 1977-1978
Folder 11 Pittsburgh economy and business 1977-1978
Folder 12 Employment in Pittsburgh 1977-1978
Folder 13 Pittsburgh finances 1977-1978
Folder 14 City pensions 1977-1978
Folder 15 Arts 1977-1978
Folder 16 Blacks 1977-1978
Folder 17 Education 1977-1978
Folder 18 Emergency medical services 1977-1978
Folder 19 Fire insurance rating 1977-1978
Folder 20 Housing record 1977-1978
Folder 21 Human services 1977-1978
Folder 22 Juvenile Justice Center 1977-1978
Folder 23 Labor 1977-1978

Box 88
Folder 1 Senior citizens 1977-1978
Folder 2 Transportation: Roads and inland waterways 1977-1978
Folder 3 Pittsburgh bridges 1977-1978
Folder 4 East Street 1977-1978
Folder 5 Condition of city parking garages 1977-1978
Folder 6 Lawsuit with Allegheny Contracting Industries 1977-1978
Folder 7 Pittsburgh Convention Center 1977-1978
Folder 8 Opposition to programs and ideas 1977-1978
Folder 9 U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing on nomination of Thornburgh as Assistant Attorney General June 17, 1975
Folder 10 U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing on nomination of Flaherty as Deputy Attorney General March 22, 1977
Folder 11 Flaherty as attorney general 1977-1978
Folder 12 Flaherty's addresses and press breakfasts as Deputy Attorney General 1977-1978
Folder 13 Mayor Flaherty's appointments to City of Pittsburgh positions and lists of his supporters and non-supporters in Pittsburgh government 1977-1978
Folder 14 Flaherty's relationship with the Democratic Party 1977-1978
Folder 15 Quotes of Mayor Richard Caliguiri, Democrat, City of Pittsburgh regarding Flaherty 1973-1978
Folder 16 Flaherty's Platform Positions 1977-1978
Folder 17 Campaign commercials 1977-1978
Folder 18 Contributor lists 1977-1978
Folder 19 Flaherty campaign finances 1977-1978
Folder 20 Editorials 1977-1978
Folder 21 Composite of editorials and statements 1977-1978
Folder 22 "Facts you should know about Pete Flaherty," produced by Democrats for Thornburgh-Scranton 1977-1978
Folder 23 "The Flaherty Myth," Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania 1977-1978
Folder 24 Background on Flaherty in preparation for debate 1977-1978
Folder 25 Articles and clippings regarding Flaherty in preparation for debate 1977-1978
Folder 26 Campaign statements 1977-1978
Folder 27 Transcripts of radio and public appearances 1977-1978
Folder 28 Flaherty's Opinion on the Idea of a Popularly Elected Attorney General 1977-1978

Box 89
Folder 1 Eugene Atkinson and Harvey Thieman, Pennsylvania Politicians, and their connections to Flaherty 1977-1978
Folder 2 Thornburgh Staff Research on Flaherty for Campaign Strategy 1977-1978
Folder 3 "Statistical Report," by the Pittsburgh Department of Police 1976-1977
Folder 4 "Toward a Safer Community," Governor's Justice Commission, Allegheny Regional Planning Council 1977-1978
Folder 5 Report of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development 1956, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1975
Folder 6 "Housing Need and Rehabilitation in Pittsburgh," report by Carnegie Mellon University, School of Urban and Public Affairs May, 1975
Folder 7 Reports on Pennsylvania Southwest Associations 1974-1975
Folder 8 Opposition research binder on Flaherty and Casey, part 1 1977-1978
Folder 9 Opposition research binder on Flaherty and Casey, part 2 1977-1978
Folder 10 Opposition research binder on Flaherty and Casey (partial) 1977-1978
Folder 11 "Sewage System: Plan and Program, City of Pittsburgh," by the Department of City Planning and the Department of Public Works January, 1970
Folder 12 "Report of the Housing Inadequacies Task Force to the Reappraisal and Development Commission" May 17, 1971

Box 90
Folder 1 John F. Casey Company and Port Authority of Allegheny County vs. Pete F. Flaherty, Mayor of Pittsburgh, Court of Common Pleas, Docket No. 3676 January 6, 1972
Folder 2 John F. Casey Company and Port Authority of Allegheny County vs. Pete F. Flaherty, Mayor of Pittsburgh, Court of Common Pleas, Docket No. 3676 January 6, 1972
Folder 3 "Reorganization Advisory Committee Report to the Pittsburgh Board of Public Education, part 1" (regarding Flaherty and education) October 24, 1972
Folder 4 "Toward a Living Renaissance: a Report of the Allegheny County Human Service Commission" November, 1974
Folder 5 "The Fiscal Condition of the City of Pittsburgh, 1969-1976" by Michael L. Myers, Research Analyst 1969-1976
Folder 6 "1976 Six Year Development Program of the City of Pittsburgh," City of Pittsburgh, Pete Flaherty, Mayor (annotated) 1976
Folder 7 "Comprehensive Six-Year Development Program," City of Pittsburgh, Pete Flaherty, Mayor (annotated) 1976
Folder 8 "1977-1982 Proposed Program, City of Pittsburgh," Richard S. Caliguiri, Mayor August, 1977
Folder 9 "Six Year Development Program, City of Pittsburgh," Richard S. Caliguiri, Mayor 1977
Folder 10 "A Decade in Retrospect: a Review of Pittsburgh's Fiscal Experience," by the Pennsylvania Economy League, Inc. 1968-1978
Folder 11 "Performance Evaluation Community Development Block Grant Program, City of Pittsburgh," by the Housing Department, Urban League of Pittsburgh April, 1978
Folder 12 "Bridge Closing Impact Study," by the Port Authority of Allegheny County June, 1978
Folder 13 "Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: an Investment Research Report," by Butcher and Singer, Inc. 1978
Folder 14-17 Clippings 1965-1974

Box 91
Folder 1-18 Clippings 1974-November, 1978

Section: Robert Butera ( R ) Candidate Gubernatorial Primary, 1978"

Folder 19 Campaign brochures, invitations, newsletters and speeches 1977-1978
Folder 20 Thornburgh's staff research 1977-1978
Folder 21 Campaign contributions: fiscal disclosure 1977-1978
Folder 22 Clippings and news service lists 1977-1978

Box 92
Folder 1 Opposition research and analyses by Thornburgh Staff 1977-1978
Folder 2 Summary of information on Robert Butera 1977-1978
Folder 3 "Butera For Governor" Committee and Campaign Literature 1977-1978
Folder 4 Biographies, research and clippings 1977-1978
Folder 5 House of Representatives: bills 1977-1978
Folder 6-19 Clippings 1962-1976

Section: Arlen Specter ( R ) Candidate Gubernatorial Primary, 1978"

Folder 20 Campaign literature, platform, newsletters, and memos 1977-1978
Folder 21 Correspondence with Thornburgh and Thornburgh's staff memos 1977-1978
Folder 22 Opposition research by Thornburgh Staff 1977-1978
Folder 23 Press releases and advertisements 1977-1978
Folder 24 News service lists and clippings 1965-1978

Box 93
Folder 1 Clippings regarding Specter's politics 1967
Folder 2 Clippings regarding mayoral candidacy 1969-1970
Folder 3-13 Clippings 1968-1978
Folder 14 Gubernatorial race: candidate profile and updates 1978
Folder 15 Gubernatorial primary: clippings 1978

Section: Henry Hager ( R ) Candidate Gubernatorial Primary, 1978"

Folder 16 Biographical material, newsletters, speeches 1977-1978
Folder 17 News clippings service lists and clippings January, 1978-May, 1978
Folder 18-19 Clippings 1977-1978

Section: David Marston ( R ) Candidate Gubernatorial Primary, 1978"

Folder 20 Biographical material, memos and correspondence 1977-1978
Folder 21 News service lists, clippings and editorials 1976-1978

Box 94
Folder 1-7 Clippings 1972-1978
Folder 8 Clippings regarding statements by Marston 1977-1978
Folder 9 Clippings regarding editorials 1977-1978

Section: Ernest Kline (D) Candidate Gubernatorial Primary, 1978"

Folder 10 Biography and Clippings 1969-1970
Folder 11-17 Clippings 1969-1978

Section: Robert P. Casey (D) Candidate Gubernatorial Primary, 1978"

Folder 18 Speech, brochures, newsletters, news service lists, clippings 1970-1978
Folder 19-23 Clippings 1977-1978

Section: Andrew Watson ( R ) Candidate Gubernatorial Primary, 1978"


Box 95
Folder 1 Clippings 1977-1978

Section: Alvin Joseph Jacobsen ( R ) Candidate Gubernatorial Primary, 1978"

Folder 2 Clippings 1977-1978

Section: Candidates for Lieutenant Governor

Section: William Scranton, III ( R ) Candidate Lieutenant Governor Race, 1978"

Folder 3 Thornburgh's staff research and memos 1977-1978
Folder 4 Documents for Thornburgh's staff research 1977-1978
Folder 5 Biographies and brochures 1977-1978
Folder 6 Platform and campaign material 1977-1978
Folder 7 News releases, responses and speech drafts 1977-1978
Folder 8 Filing of primary campaign expenditures and contributions 1977-1978
Folder 9 Schedules 1978
Folder 10 Post Gazette editorial board with Casey October 4, 1978
Folder 11 Briefing for Roy Fox Show with Casey October 10, 1978
Folder 12 News service lists, clippings September, 1977-August, 1978
Folder 13 Clippings September 1, 1978-November 9, 1978

Section: Robert P. Casey (D) Candidate Lieutenant Governor Race, 1978"

Folder 14 Research prepared by Nancy Watson 1977-1978
Folder 15 Scranton/Casey name phenomenon 1977-1978
Folder 16 Background, clippings 1977-1978
Folder 17 News service lists and clippings May 17, 1978-November 4, 1978
Folder 18 Clippings 1977-1978
Folder 19 Casey/Scranton clippings 1977-1978

Section: Pennsylvania Politicians

Section: H. John Heinz, III "

Folder 22 Clippings 1976-1978

Section: Frank L. Rizzo

Folder 23 Clippings and campaign literature 1975-1978

Section: Richard S. Schweiker

Folder 24 Clippings and senate newsletters 1969-1978
Folder 25 Jim Seif application correspondence December, 1969-January, 1970

Section: Milton J. Shapp

Folder 26 Clippings 1975-1978
Folder 27 Presentation by the Staff of the Senate Minority Appropriations Committee July 11, 1977

Section: Other Pennsylvania Politicians


Box 96
Folder 1 Peter Atigan 1977-1978
Folder 2 Al Benedict 1977-1978
Folder 3 James Carter 1977-1978
Folder 4 William Clinger, Jr. 1977-1978
Folder 5 William Coleman 1977-1978
Folder 6 John Dellafina 1977-1978
Folder 7 Charles Dougherty 1977-1978
Folder 8 Emmet Fitzpatrick 1977-1978
Folder 9 George Gekas 1977-1978
Folder 10 Helen Gillette 1977-1978
Folder 11 Bill Goodling 1977-1978
Folder 12 K. Leroy Irvis 1977-1978
Folder 13 Donald Jameson 1977-1978
Folder 14 Wayne Kelly 1977-1978
Folder 15 William Klenk 1977-1978
Folder 16 Franklin Kury 1977-1978
Folder 17 Thomas Leonard 1977-1978
Folder 18 Ronald Lench 1977-1978
Folder 19 James McGregor 1977-1978
Folder 20 William Moorehead 1977-1978
Folder 21 W. Crawford, Murdock 1977-1978
Folder 22 Gary Myers 1977-1978
Folder 23 Thomas Nolan 1977-1978
Folder 24 Robert Peirce 1977-1978
Folder 25 Bud Shuster 1977-1978
Folder 26 William Spingler 1977-1978
Folder 27 Richard Sprague 1977-1978
Folder 28 Dennis Stevens 1977-1978
Folder 29 Delores Tucker 1977-1978
Folder 30 Bob Walker 1977-1978
Folder 31 Pete Wambach 1977-1978
Folder 32 Jennifer Wesner 1977-1978
Folder 33 Faith Whittlesey 1977-1978
Folder 34 Primary/Republicans: comparison of positions 1977-1978
Folder 35 Consumer Party 1978
Folder 36 Socialists Workers Party 1978
Folder 37 Lieutenant Governor candidates 1978
Folder 38 Candidates for General Assembly 1978
Folder 39 Candidates for State Senate 1978
Folder 40 Candidates for Congress 1978