Here’s the latest news today out of Pennsylvania:
Sean Parnell, a staunch support of former President Donald Trump who narrowly lost a race for Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district in November, announced Tuesday that he plans to run for the open Senate seat in the state.
“The U.S Senate is evenly divided, Senate control depends on us,” Parnell said in an ad to Pennsylvania voters released on his Senate campaign website.
“As Infantry Captain, I fought to defend this country from those that would do us harm. In the U.S. Senate, I’ll fight to ensure all of our little ones have the right to live their version of the American Dream,” he wrote on his campaign website. “I’ve led some of America’s finest warriors in battle, and I’m ready to bring that leadership to Washington.”
The Army veteran, who is a fixture on right-wing cable news, failed to unseat incumbent Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pa, last year, 51 percent to 49 percent, in Pennsylvania 17, a swing district outside Pittsburgh. Parnell, who was endorsed by Trump and had a speaking slot at the Republican National Convention, had refused to concede that race, echoing the former president’s unfounded claims of voter fraud.
The third-generation Pittsburgh native embraces pro-life and pro-Second Amendment views, and he calls himself a defender of the police.
“We should not condemn all police for the actions of a few,” said Parnell.
“Do I support the group, Black Lives Matter? No, I don’t. But do Black lives matter, lower case, Black lives matter? Of course. Gay lives matter, Hispanic lives matter, Asian lives matter. To me, all lives matter.”
Another issue likely in this campaign — Parnell’s lawsuit claiming the state’s no-excuse mail-in ballot system, used by over 2 million Pennsylvanians, is unconstitutional.
Delano: Do you think the election in Pennsylvania in 2020 was fair and an accurate result with respect to all the races on the ballot?
Parnell: Well, I’ll tell you. I don’t. I’m not going to relitigate 2020. Like I told you before, I’m focused on 2022. But I will say regarding the lawsuit I filed on Act 77, I stand by it.
Parnell credits former President Donald Trump with getting him into politics, but no word yet on Trump’s support next year.
You’d think the Pennsylvania GOP would be excited about his candidacy, right? Well I have some news for you:
Hours ahead of Sean Parnell's PASen campaign launch, 6 GOP county chairs and 6 state sens/reps urge him to instead run for House – and say Jeff Bartos is the best choice for Senate.
Letter released by Bartos campaign: pic.twitter.com/hieok5pFBl
— Jonathan Tamari (@JonathanTamari) May 11, 2021
Rep. Conor Lamb has begun telling some donors and supporters in recent days that he is likely to enter the Pennsylvania Senate race, according to multiple people familiar with the discussions.
Lamb has urged some donors to contribute quickly as he ramps up his fundraising operation ahead of a formal launch. The timeline for an announcement was not clear, and one source familiar with the Democrat’s thinking says there are no imminent plans to enter the race.Lamb, a former Marine and federal prosecutor who won a critical special election in 2018, has said he is seriously considering a run to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Pat Toomey. He has been tight-lipped about his thinking, though his team has hired fundraising consultants and recently held a high-profile fundraiser with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). But these conversations represent one of the clearest signs that he is taking concrete steps towards running.Some of those private conversations took place this week as Lamb has helped campaign for a Democratic state Senate candidate in the Scranton area — roughly 300 miles from his district in the Pittsburgh suburbs, which further fueled speculation that he would run statewide. Lamb is set to canvass voters in the area Saturday afternoon.In a statement to POLITICO, campaign manager Abby Nassif-Murphy acknowledged that Lamb was eyeing the Senate race but said “no decision has been made.”
We shall see but Pennsylvania is going to be a big political hot spot this year and next year and we need to make sure we are ready to kick ass and Keep Pennsylvania Blue. Click below to donate and get involved with Senate Democrat of your choice and these Pennsylvania Democrats campaigns:
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