Pennsylvania has held onto the prized Appropriations Committee seat vacated by the late Rep. John Murtha, according to the website

The spot is going to Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy of the Philadelphia area.

Democratic sources said Murphy’s selection resulted from a furious last-minute push by a unified Pennsylvania delegation.

The intense campaign to keep the seat, Politico said, included a warning to Democratic leaders.

That warning said that transferring the seat to another state – or delaying action – could endanger former Murtha aide Mark Critz’s bid to win the 12th district House seat in a special election this month, a senior Democratic aide said.

Just before Congress’ April recess, a divided delegation endorsed Murphy over Rep. Chris Carney, touching off an ugly fight.

Democratic leaders, anxious to avoid further infighting, were prepared to put off the decision or give the seat to a lawmaker from another region – possibly Phil Hare of Illinois or Judy Chu of California – sources told Politico.

Ultimately, Carney backed Murphy’s bid for the seat.


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