It is kind of old news to those of us in the region, but the Politico has an article on the 8th congressional district, currently represented by Democrat Patrick Murphy. ("GOP recruits Marine to challenge Murphy," by Josh Kraushaar (4/10). It starts out:
Rep. Patrick J. Murphy (D-Pa.) has been one of the most high-profile freshman members of Congress in his first term.
As one of Barack Obama’s most visible supporters in Pennsylvania, he routinely appears as a surrogate to tout Obama’s candidacy. And because he is the only Iraq war veteran serving in Congress, Democrats have turned to Murphy as someone with the credibility to speak out against the war.
But while Murphy has emerged as a rising star in Democratic circles, Republicans have quietly recruited a candidate with an equally compelling story who is now on pace to raise the amount of money necessary to seriously contest the suburban Philadelphia seat. And the Iraq war — a topic that seemed to propel Murphy to his 2006 win — also will be the key issue for his challenger.