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CUNNINGHAM, LINSENBERG RECEIVE SPECTER ENDORSEMENT FOR PHILADELPHIA DISTRICT ATTORNEY

 PHILADELPHIA, March 22, /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) today held a press conference at City Hall where he endorsed Charles Cunningham for district attorney and Herb Linsenberg for controller of Philadelphia.
 Both Cunningham and Linsenberg are the endorsed candidates of the Republican Party. Specter was the district attorney of Philadelphia from 1966 to 1974.
 In making his endorsement, Specter said, "We need these guys to watch those guys," referring to the idea that a Republican district attorney and controller were the best and most effective check on the Democratic administration. Currently, the district attorney, controller, mayor and the overwhelming majority of city council are all Democrats.
 Cunningham, the son of a Philadelphia police officer, grew up in Philadelphia. He served as an assistant district attorney from 1973 to 1986 under District Attorneys Arlen Specter, Emmett Fitzpatrick, Ed Rendell and Ron Castille. He worked in every division of the Office, Trials, Appeals, Investigations, and Administration, rising to the rank of Deputy for Policy and Planning. Since then he has been in the private practice of law with the firm of Stack and Gallagher.
 Specter described Cunningham as someone he had known for more than 20 years, since he first hired him as an assistant district attorney. He characterized Cunningham as an experienced prosecutor who knows the office and is "tough, aggressive and independent."
 Specter described Linsenberg as a Philadelphia lawyer with an established record who knows accounting and auditing and would be "a dynamic city controller; in the mold of Tom Gola."
 Linsenberg, a lawyer and a banker, has been active in community affairs and in national Republican politics for several years. He has served on the boards of several Philadelphia institutions including The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, of which he is chairman, Philadelphia Psychiatric Center and Albert Einstein Medical Center.
 Both Cunningham and Linsenberg thanked Specter for his endorsement. Cunningham described Specter's endorsement as the kick-off event of his campaign to take on the Democratic candidate, Lynne Abraham, the current district attorney.
 Abraham also was an assistant district attorney, hired by Specter when he was district attorney.
 Cunningham further described his campaign as "important to all the people of Philadelphia" and promised to address the important issues.
 Linsenberg emphasized the independence of the ticket and repeated the theme that, "We need these guys to watch those guys."
 According to Specter, "This is going to be a 10-month, hard-hitting campaign and is going to include street campaigning and frequent news conferences."
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 /CONTACT: Gloria Curtis of the Cunningham campaign, 215-735-6500/


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