The Scranton Times ran a bit of analysis on the Murphy Shimkus rematch for the 113th in NEPA. Murphy ran against Shimkus in 2006 but was defeated. In 2006, both Murphy and Shimkus were perceived as friends of Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty. This time, Murphy flipped on many of his past positions including his support of Mayor Doherty to win the Election.
In the past, Murphy supported Doherty’s controversial recovery plan and was one of its greatest supporters. The recovery plan in question has been used to hold up union contracts within the city. Now, Murphy has not only taken himself out of the Doherty camp, but also pledged to work on Act 47 reform. Act 47 is the legislation that authorized the recovery plan.
The 113th Legislative District comprises several areas outlying areas as well as Scranton’s North and West Side neighborhoods as well as a portion of the Green Ridge section. Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty and the majority of Scranton’s City Council are up for Election next year.