Berringer Exits LG Race, Blames Money in Politics
“I saw I was not going to be able to compete against candidates who are being bankrolled by their mega-wealthy families. All this money, they’re going to dump that into TV ads and people like me are going to get drowned out,” Berringer told the Inquirer.
In exiting the race, Berringer took the chance to take some final shots at her former primary opponents.
Berringer first took aim at Braddock Mayor John Fetterman.
“Mayor Fetterman is literally bankrolled by his family. Of course he can run around the state, because he doesn’t have a job,” Berringer said.
According to the Inquirer Fetterman and his wife “got a $54,000 gift from his parents – which the candidate was not required to disclose. He also claimed two trust accounts for the couple’s children, valued then at $115,000 to $250,000 each” based off financial disclosures from his 2016 run for U.S. Senate.
Berringer also took a shot at incumbent Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack accepting a donation from former state Sen. Vince Fumo saying “Are these the kinds of people we want to represent us?” Fumo was convicted on federal corruption charges.
Berringer took a final chance to hit former Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Nina Ahmad who switched from running for Congress to the Lieutenant Governor’s race after the Congressional maps were redrawn.
“Probably her consultants saw a million dollar payday going away” and convinced Ahmad to switch Berringer said.
While she took shots at her former opponents, Berringer is not leaving politics. She says she is working to launch a new PAC, Fight the Power PAC.