It looks like former competitors for the PA-12 nomination are prepared to kiss and make up next week, when Mark Critz and Jason Altmire meet Monday May 7 in Pittsburgh for a press conference where Altmire will formally announce his support for his former competitor.
The conference will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the Allegheny County Courthouse Courtyard along Grant Street.
Also in attendance will be Congressman Mike Doyle, representing the 14th district, and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald among other Democratic lawmakers.
Critz’s campaign spokesperson Mike Mikus said that Altmire’s decision to appear with Critz shows a strong willingness for the two representative to overcome past differences for the good of the party.
Mikus also said that appearing in Pittsburgh, near Almire’s home turf, is an important step.
“I think it’s significant and sends a message that the Democratic Party is unified,” he said. “Almire has been fantastic in stepping forward and showing a lot grace.”
Mikus added that the meeting is also politically significant. The Critz campaign faces a tough battle against Republican nominee Keith Rothfus, who not only has more cash on hand, but also has high name recognition from having run against Altmire in 2010, losing by less than 5,000 votes.
“Altmire did very well in Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties,” Mikus said. “And this will help unify the party and allow us to move forward toward the general election as one.”