AP: Pennsylvania Republicans face “crowded” primary field
Republicans: “Beating a Casey in Pennsylvania is not an easy thing to do.”
After the Republicans’ first choice candidate refused to run, today Congressman Barletta is announcing his Pennsylvania Senate campaign — becoming at least the 9th candidate in a divisive and potentially expensive GOP primary.
From David Bergstein, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Spokesman: “Only an out-of-touch politician like Congressman Lou Barletta would roll out his campaign for higher office fresh off voting to increase out-of-pocket health care costs and end protections for those with preexisting conditions. On top of his votes to end Medicare as we know it and privatize Social Security, he will have to explain why he voted a bill that forces older Americans to pay an age tax for health care and strips protections for Pennsylvanians with cancer, asthma, or diabetes. At every turn Congressman Barletta is looking out for himself and the wealthy-special interests he serves, while Pennsylvania’s seniors and working families pay the price.”
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT CONGRESSMAN BARLETTA: