Endorsements don’t get much bigger than this one. Former President Bill Clinton is throwing his support behind Mark Critz in his battle against fellow Democratic Congressman Jason Altmire. The Critz camp already has a TV ad about it.
“I am proud to endorse Mark Critz for Congress,” said Clinton. “I know that Mark will continue his work to create jobs, strengthen the middle class, to protect Social Security and Medicare, and do what is right for western Pennsylvania and our nation.”
“It is an honor to be endorsed by President Bill Clinton because he knows what it takes to turn an economy around and put people back to work,” Critz said. “President Clinton’s leadership on job creation and protecting important programs like Social Security and Medicare is something I have tried to emulate in Congress.”
Critz is former chief of staff to the late Rep. John Murtha, a close Clinton ally. Atlmire didn’t endorse in the 2008 primary.
Critz has won the endorsement of every major union in the district – the United Steelworkers, SEIU, and the Pa. AFL-CIO – while Altmire has earned the backing of most of the Democratic party apparatus.
This morning, Critz added the backing of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The editorial board wrote:
Mark Critz, the 12th District incumbent, has represented the legacy of the late Jack Murtha, his former boss, and Democrats’ interests far more faithfully and honestly.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had previously endorsed Altmire.
Clinton is in Montgomery County tonight, speaking at a rally on behalf of Attorney General hopeful Kathleen Kane.