Pennsylvania: Fishmonger Cuts Bait, Drops Out of Primary

Posted January 23, 2008 at 6:56pm

Fishmonger Dan Wholey (D) has dropped out of the crowded Democratic field running to battle Rep. Tim Murphy (R) in southwestern Pennsylvania, according to local news reports.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Wholey, who owns a popular seafood market in downtown Pittsburgh, announced Tuesday that he was dropping out of the race.

Aside from Wholey’s withdrawal, the Democratic race to take on Murphy has become increasingly crowded in recent months with the Pennsylvania filing deadline approaching on Feb. 12. Iraq War veteran Wayne Dudding, government consultant Beth Hafer, school administrator Erin Vecchio, and businessmen Brien Wall and Steve O’Donnell have registered with the Federal Election Commission to run, plus there are said to be additional Democrats still considering a bid.
— Shira Toeplitz