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Subseries 9. Oppositions Research, Harris Wofford

Scope and Content Notes:

Thornburgh's opponent, Senator Harris Wofford, previously had served under Pennsylvania Governor Robert Casey as Secretary of Labor and Industry (L & I) from 1987-1991. Then, after U.S. Senator John Heinz (PA) died in May 1991, Governor Casey appointed Wofford to fill Heinz' seat, until a special election could be held to elect a new Pennsylvania Senator. Wofford had also been an aide in the Kennedy administration and was the former president of Pennsylvania's Bryn Mawr College. Thornburgh was not impressed with Governor Casey's choice of the 65-year-old Secretary as U.S. Senate candidate, saying, "I knew Wofford slightly and regarded him as a classic 1960s liberal; he had a distinguished record in the civil rights area but was hardly a powerhouse candidate for the 1990s. Media reaction to the appointment was similar" ( Evidence, p.300).

Harold Miller, the primary researcher for the campaign, was responsible for providing information and research about Wofford, his record as president of Bryn Mawr, as secretary in the Casey Administration and as interim U.S. Senator. Harold Miller's other issue research will be found in the "Issue research" materials in this campaign.

The Opposition research materials are organized as follows: 1) Wofford's record, research on his life in public service, as president of Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania Labor and Industry Secretary, and U.S. Senator; 2) Wofford's positions on issues, as used in his campaign; 3) "The Campaign," core group of Wofford campaign planning materials, including finances, advertisements, debates, and endorsements; 4) Clippings, from Wofford's years under Governor Casey up and including this election.

Section: Research on Wofford's Record

Section: Pre-gubernatorial Record: President of Bryn Mawr College and Kennedy Administration


Box 947
Folder 1 Bryn Mawr College: budgets and deficits 1970-1977
Folder 2 Bryn Mawr College, budgets for the President's office 1972-1974
Folder 3 Bryn Mawr College, General fund, gifts and unrestricted resources 1955-1974
Folder 4 Bryn Mawr College, financing, investments and endowments 1970-1976
Folder 5 Bryn Mawr College, Treasurer's Preliminary Report on Operations 1971-1976
Folder 6 Bryn Mawr College and other community college tuition rates 1969-1977
Folder 7 Solicitation of funds from Adnan Khashoggi, prominent international arms dealer and orchestrator of the Iranian arms scandal 1970-1978
Folder 8 Lemann, Nicholas, "The Unfinished War," The Atlantic, Wofford's record with the Kennedy administration December, 1988

Section: Record as Pennsylvania Secretary of Labor and Industry under Governor Robert Casey

Folder 9 Secretary Wofford's testimony before the Pennsylvania State Senate Committee of Appropriations, budget hearings for the Department of Labor and Industry 1987-1991
Folder 10 Labor record 1987-1991
Folder 11 Illegal use of federal funds to send Casey Administration public relations letter to 235,000 employers in Pennsylvania March-May, 1990
Folder 12 PennSERVE program for job training and community service 1989-1991
Folder 13 Resignation letter to serve as U.S. Senator after the death of Senator John Heinz May 8, 1991

Section: Record as Appointive U.S. Senator and Related Materials

Folder 14 Governor Casey's announcement speech that Wofford replace Senator John Heinz in the U.S. Senate May 8, 1991
Folder 15 Remarks made on the floor of the U.S. Senate May 9-October 8, 1991
Folder 16 Voting record in the U.S. Senate July-October, 1991
Folder 17 Vote on Department of Transportation appropriations that cost Pennsylvania 14 million dollars in federal highway funds September 18, 1991
Folder 18 Sponsored and co-sponsored bills May-October, 1991
Folder 19 "Waste Watch" rating in the Senate, by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) 1991
Folder 20 Wofford making commitments of position on National Energy Security Act in return for efforts to secure funds for campaign November 1, 1991
Folder 21 Allegheny Busway Project campaign fraud September 12, 1991
Folder 22 Memorandum regarding Wofford and Peace Corps August 29, 1991

Box 948
Folder 1 "Spare Us from Harris: Senator Harris Llewellyn Wofford Fact Book," prepared by the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania September-October, 1991
Folder 2 Negative facts about Wofford's record 1991

Section: Campaign Positions

Folder 3 Abortion July 18, 1991
Folder 4 Agriculture 1991
Folder 5 Capital gain tax cuts September 20, 1991
Folder 6 Civil disobedience: Wofford's remarks to the American Bar Association (ABA) August 6, 1968
Folder 7 Civil Rights Bill October 29, 1991
Folder 8 Drug kingpins June-October, 1991
Folder 9 Environment October 23, 1991
Folder 10 Environment Crimes Bill October 10, 1991
Folder 11 Gun control May 25, 1991
Folder 12 Higher education September-October, 1991
Folder 13 Israel June 17, 1991
Folder 14 Military base closings September 11, 1991
Folder 15 Miscellaneous positions August-September, 1991
Folder 16 National health insurance October 31, 1991
Folder 17 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and "fast track" September, 1991
Folder 18 Nuclear arms race and California Democrat Alan Cranston 1983
Folder 19 Pornography September 20, 1991
Folder 20 Product Liability Reform Act October 29, 1991
Folder 21 Striker replacements August-September, 1991
Folder 22 Union County, PA and hazardous waste November 1, 1991
Folder 23 Women 1968-1991

Section: The Campaign" (Wofford)

Folder 24 Democratic Party platform 1980-1984
Folder 25 Hiring James Carville as campaign consultant 1991
Folder 26 Campaign staff July 29, 1991
Folder 27 Poll conducted by Petts Research, Inc. August-September, 1991
Folder 28 Campaign contributions October 22, 1991
Folder 29 Fundraising events September 16, 1991
Folder 30 Finances and income June-September, 1991
Folder 31 Campaign funds and receipts 1991
Folder 32 Citizens for Senator Wofford memoranda 1991
Folder 33 Books and articles by and about Wofford 1946-1991
Folder 34 Attacks on Thornburgh: "burning records" "flap" 1987
Folder 35 Attacks on Thornburgh, false advertising September 3, 1991
Folder 36 Attacks on Thornburgh, negative advertising and campaign bulletins October-November, 1991
Folder 37 Attacks on Thornburgh, involvement in the Bank of Credit Commerce International (BCCI) scandal 1988-1991
Folder 38 Pro-Wofford advertisements 1991
Folder 39 Anti-Wofford advertisements 1991
Folder 40 Debate between Thornburgh and Senator Wofford October 18, 1991
Folder 41 Endorsements for Senator Wofford 1991

Section: News Clippings regarding Campaign and Election

Folder 42-44 May-December, 1991