Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Trump Jr. Campaigns For Saccone Day Before Special Election

Trump Jr. Campaigns For Saccone Day Before Special Election

On the ground, it's been a coalition of anti-Trump groups, many that sprouted after Trump's election and led by women, that have been the volunteer backbone of the Lamb campaign. "I've talked to many of these on the left". (It's high.) The only way Lamb will be able to come close to Saccone will be by converting a sizable number of Trump voters. Greene questioned. "Rick Saccone has walked the walk".

Cillizza: Where did Lamb come from? The district is full of Reagan Democrats, and while past Democratic candidates did not appeal to these conservative-leaning Democrats, Lamb does.

Delano: Conor Lamb comes from a Democratic political family with deep roots in Allegheny County politics.

Bancroft, who recently retired as a nurse practitioner, is a registered Democrat in Washington County, but Lamb managed to attract her Republican husband, as well. Conor's father worked in the Congress in the 1980s for US Rep. Austin Murphy, and is now a well-connected top government affairs officer for PNC, the nation's ninth largest bank.

Lamb issued his own statement last month in the wake of the shooting, arguing that stricter enforcement of current policies would prevent further tragedy but stopping short of calling for new legislation. Because there is no primary to pick nominees in special congressional elections, it's essentially an insider's game.

Former Republican Rep. Tim Murphy had represented the area.

But the region has doesn't have as many steelworkers as it did in the industry's heydays, even if there's still a cultural association.

The 60-year-old Air Force veteran turned state lawmaker and college instructor enjoys enthusiastic backing from social conservatives who've anchored his state career, and he's perhaps at his most animated when he touts his opposition to abortion rights.

Republicans in the Trump era had found similar fault with other struggling candidates.

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The NRA spent at least $7,868 in support of Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone ahead of Tuesday's special election in Pennsylvania, according to FEC filings reported this week by ABC News.

Ironically, Reschenthaler would have looked a lot more like Lamb. The White House has blamed the potential loss on Saccone. The chairman of the state party said that the district, held since 2003 by a Republican, is a "Democrat district".

Lamb, meanwhile, has excited core Democrats and aimed for independents and moderate Republicans.

Lamb answered the critique by saying he won't support Pelosi as floor leader, much less a return to the speaker's rostrum. It is easy to characterize her as one of those "coastal liberals" that seem to dominate the Democratic Party. The bulk of Republican Party-backed TV ads linked Lamb to Pelosi, notwithstanding his criticism of her; other ads warned that he would have opposed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Which brings us back to the Democrats' Nancy Pelosi problem. In general, the outside PAC attack on Lamb has struck many as so over-the-edge as to be unbelievable.

"Rick Saccone is a proven supporter of the Second Amendment", NRA political lobbying executive Chris Cox said in a statement at the time. "What happens here will set the stage for the critical midterm elections coming this November - especially in states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin - all states where Democratic senators are seeking re-election".

Saccone spent the final hours of the campaign with Donald Trump, Jr, the president's oldest son, rallying at a VFW hall in his hometown of Elizabeth and warning Republicans that "the left" was energized for all the wrong reasons.

At one point, Trump asked the crowd: "Do you like me?" "So Democrats are hoping to steal a victory in this critical Rust Belt District by turning working-class voters that propelled Trump to victory against him".

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