Pennsylvania Governor's Office Releases McGinty Emails

Republicans say Democrat was plotting run against Toomey on state time

While most of Katie McGinty's state email showed her performing routine government tasks, there were some that suggested she was talking about a run for the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate Katie McGinty’s emails from her time as chief of staff to Pennsylvania's governor are being released, after a year-long dispute with Republicans over state ethics rules.


The GOP contends that McGinty’s emails show she was considering a Senate run while in her capacity in a government position. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s office had resisted releasing the emails.


While many emails show administrative work, others include setting up meetings with Democratic leaders in the state like the party chairman for Pennsylvania, according to The Associated Press, which obtained copies of the emails.


Another email shows McGinty setting up a meeting with Massachusetts Democrat and progressive favorite Sen. Elizabeth Warren.


The state ethics commission tends to overlook minimal use of state resources that don’t create significant personal financial benefit, executive director Robert Caruso told the AP, speaking generally, but not about McGinty’s case specifically.


McGinty is currently challenging Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey in a tight race that could determine which party controls the Senate in the next Congress.


The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call rates the race Tossup.


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