The event, a formal endorsement for Holden in his campaign against challenger Matt Cartwright, consisted of two media stops. The pair first stopped at the Lackawanna County Courthouse Square in Scranton at noon and then proceeded to the Wilkes-Barre Public Square.
“I am thrilled to have the endorsement of my good friend, Jack Wagner,” said Congressman Holden in a press release April 9. “His career in public service is one of great distinction, and I am honored that he is supporting me in this election.”
In an interview with The Scranton Times-Tribune, Wagner discussed Holden’s character.
“This guy’s a great member of Congress,” he said. “In so many different ways. First and foremost, in the quality of the person, and his integrity and the fact that he is in touch with people, real people, all the time.”
Wagner also said that both Democrats and Republicans in Washington respect Holden.
“So that’s I think a very unique quality in the polarizing world of politics that we’re in today,” Wagner said.
Wagner and Holden have a history of endorsements; in 2010, Holden backed Wagner in his campaign to become Pennsylvania’s governor ―a contest he would eventually place second in a four-person Democratic primary field.
According to an article from GoLackawanna.com, Wagner said that political endorsements are not something he takes lightly.
“He is the most tenured member of Congress from Pennsylvania,” Wagner is quoted as saying.
Wagner also said that Holden “brings integrity and honesty to government” and that he “represents fiscal accountability.”
The Democratic race between Holden and Cartwright continues to heat up as the April 24 primary deadline approaches.
Thus far, Cartwright has won the support of several national progressive groups, including Cartwright’s Democracy For America, a progressive “people-powered” PAC, according to their website. He also secured the endorsement of American Association for Justice, the trial lawyers group.
Holden also received an endorsement from the Pennsylvania Young Democrats on Tuesday April 10. On hand for the endorsement in Bethlehem, Pa., was Pennsylvania Young Democrats President Anthony Youngblood.
“We are lucky to have Tim Holden as one of our Representatives in Congress, especially as the Dean of the Pennsylvania delegation,” he said. “His seniority and experience are invaluable assets in the House of Representatives.”
The organization’s national president, Rod Snyder, echoed Youngblood’s sentiments.
“Tim Holden’s role is vital to promoting the agenda of President Barack Obama,” he said. “Congressman Holden will continue to stand up to Republicans and fight for middle class priorities that the Democratic Party is built on.”
Congressman Holden said that it is an honor to receive an endorsement from the Pennsylvania Young Democrats.
“I have maintained a strong relationship with the Young Democrats’ organization throughout my career,” Holden said.