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Subseries 2. General Election Candidates, 1955-1978

Scope and Content Notes:

This material documents the General Election Candidates and their issues. In the General Election the opposition research focused on the two principal Democrat candidates: Pete Flaherty for Governor and Robert Casey for Lieutenant Governor. That Flaherty and Casey were both from Pittsburgh presented an unusual circumstance, with Thornburgh also a Pittsburgher. Flaherty had the reputation of being a successful former Mayor of Pittsburgh and previously had run an unsuccessful campaign for U.S. Senate. Thornburgh, on the other hand, was little known outside Western Pennsylvania. Casey became the Democrat Lieutenant Governor candidate due to the coincidence of having precisely the same name (Robert P. Casey) as the former auditor general of Pennsylvania who was a gubernatorial candidate in the Primary. Running among fifteen lesser known persons, the “wrong Bob Casey” was selected, having no political or public service experience whatsoever. On the Republican side, William W. Scranton III, son of the well known and much admired former Governor, became the choice for Lieutenant Governor and actively participated in the campaign. Candidate research included Scranton as well as the Democrats since Thornburgh needed to know the background and issues important to his potential Lieutenant Governor. The major research focused on Flaherty and the background topics are those from a binder distributed to campaign staff. The Dick Thornburgh Papers contain much relevant information to this series. The materials in this subseries date from 1955 to 1978.


Box 8
Folder 1 William W. Scranton III (R), biographical material, 1978
Folder 2 William W. Scranton III (R), attachments, 1972-1978
Folder 3 Robert P. Casey (D), assessment, 1974-1978
Folder 4 Pete Flaherty, binder memo, July 6, 1978
Folder 5 Pete Flaherty, biographical, 1978
Folder 6 Pete Flaherty, political career, 1955-1974
Folder 7 Pete Flaherty, Pittsburgh City Councilman, 1966-1969
Folder 8 Pete Flaherty, Mayor of Pittsburgh, 1965-1975
Folder 9 Pete Flaherty, Mayor of Pittsburgh, 1970-1976
Folder 10 Pete Flaherty, “The City, Before, During and After Pete,” 1969-1978
Folder 11 Pete Flaherty, US Deputy Attorney General, March-November 1977
Folder 12 Pete Flaherty, political alliances, 1969-1977
Folder 13 Pete Flaherty, finances, 1976-1978
Folder 14 Pete Flaherty, primary issues, and general updates, 1970-1978
Folder 15 Pete Flaherty, editorials and miscellaneous clips, 1969-1975
Folder 16 Pete Flaherty, “A Second View,” with attachments, 1969-1975
Folder 17 Pete Flaherty, running for Governor, announcement, January 23, 1978
Folder 18 Pete Flaherty, campaign ’78, 1978
Folder 19 Pete Flaherty, primary ’78 contributors list, 1977-1978
Folder 20 Pete Flaherty, Flaherty-Casey finances, 1978