In run for U.S. Senate, McGinty faces questions about past

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Apr 19, 2016 4:58 AM

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Katie McGinty, a candidate for the Democratic Party's nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, speaks at the Keystone Progress Summit, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Harrisburg, Pa.

(Harrisburg) -- Three people are competing for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania.

In part two of our candidate profiles, we take a look at Katie McGinty.

She's worked in both the private and public sector, and McGinty isn't shy to highlight that fact.

She's staked her position around traditional liberal policies - a higher minimum wage, more manufacturing jobs, and a pro-choice position for women.

But, as StateImpact Pennsylvania has reported, she's also faced questions about her work as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection under Governor Ed Rendell.

She fast-tracked a permit for a controversial waste coal power plant in western Pennsylvania, and later accepted a large campaign contribution from the executive behind the project.

McGinty says her work has been mischaracterized.

"There are a variety of issues here, but as it relates to the environment, my record is second to none in a lifelong dedicated effort to reduce pollution, to build clean energy systems," she adds.

"I am the only person in this campaign who has dedicated my entire professional career to protection of the environment. That is why the League of Conservation Voters is standing with me."

McGinty faces John Fetterman and Joe Sestak in next Tuesday's primary.

Polls have shown a consistent double-digit lead for Sestak, though many voters report they haven't made up their mind.

Hear the complete interview with McGinty by clicking play above.

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