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Burgettstown Lawyer exits race to unseat White, backs Democratic supervisor in Cecil

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 2:18 p.m.

A challenger trying to unseat a state House Democrat from Washington County dropped his campaign on Tuesday and threw his support to another Democratic primary contender.

“Our current representative, Jesse White, has not only embarrassed us, but failed to provide even a minimum of what we should expect and deserve from an elected official,” Burgettstown lawyer Paul Walsh, 49, said in announcing the end of his brief campaign.

Walsh consulted with the House Democratic Caucus and is seeking to have his name removed from the May 20 primary ballot. Walsh said he will support fellow Democrat Tom Casciola, 59, a member of Cecil's board of supervisors for 22 years.

“Tom's a good, solid man who shares my values for family and community,” Walsh said in a statement.

White, 35, also from Cecil, received criticism last year when it was discovered that he used Internet aliases to post messages on Twitter and Facebook that attacked some constituents who supported Marcellus shale drilling.

White said he looks forward to putting his record up against any opponent.

“I don't apologize for being a passionate advocate on issues my constituents care about,” White said. “Pennsylvanians are tired of backroom deals, and (Tuesday's) announcement speaks volumes about the kind of race Tom Casciola intends to run and the kind of politician he would be if elected.”

Casciola said he offers a stark contrast to White.

“The voters will certainly have a choice in this race,” Casciola said. “I couldn't be more unlike Jesse White — in my personal life, in my public life, in my political life and in the way I serve in elected office.”

Jason Cato is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7936 or



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