Conor Lamb has picked up another endorsement in his run for Pennsylvania’s 18th House of Representatives district from End Citizens United. The liberal PAC continues to look for candidates to support in special elections after helping Doug Jones win his Senate seat in Alabama by adding $600,000 to his campaign war chest.
The district, like many that Republicans assumed were safe, has been showing signs of swinging towards another Democratic upset. It had been held by Republican Tim Murphy since 2003, and he had run unopposed in 2014 and 2016, but Murphy was forced to resign his seat because of a scandal. It came out that he had pressured a woman into having an abortion when he held anti-abortion positions politically.
Between that and the growing unrest regarding the policies and controversies of the Trump administration, Democrats are seeing a surge in interest and support that they hadn’t seen for many years.
Just ask WWII veteran Ted Skowvron, who stayed after an interview Lamb was giving with a reporter to speak to him. A lifelong Democrat and former crane operator let him know that Trump needs to be removed from office. “Get him out!” he told Lamb. “Cuz if you don’t do it, I’m coming down myself!”
It’s that kind of fiery support that national Democratic boosters are hoping will push Lamb over the finish line and notch another embarrassing upset for the GOP. Given that Murphy had won the district easily with a 20-point margin just a couple years ago worries Republican strategists today. There’s no denying anymore that the mood of the country has shifted against them. Whether that will continue to the midterm elections has yet to be seen.
End Citizens United is a PAC founded in 2015 that works to reverse the US Supreme Court decision regarding the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case in 2010. That case became the basis for deregulation of previous political donation limits that had been in place on outside groups not directly associated with political campaigns. End Citizens United is a part of a movement to get big money out of US political campaigns. It first began operating during the 2016 election cycle.
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) February 13, 2018
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