Today, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) named George Badey of PA-07 to its Red to Blue list. Badey, an attorney, is attempting to close the gap between himself and incumbent Rep. Pat Meehan.
“This race is competitive because voters in the seventh district are appalled by the fact that Pat Meehan voted to end Medicare as we know it – despite having pledged never to do so – and they’re equally upset at his votes to restrict women’s health care and reproductive rights,” said Badey.
“George will continue to stand up to special interests and Republicans in Congress to stop efforts to end Medicare to pay for another tax break for millionaires and to stop politicians from taking control over women’s health care decisions,” said Congressman Steve Israel, Chairman of the DCCC.
The DCCC’s Red to Blue program highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country and offers them financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support. In Badey’s case, the designation could help him gain traction against Meehan, a favorite to win re-election.
Two Democrats in neighboring districts – Manan Trivedi in PA-6 and Kathy Boockvar in PA-8 – were already on the DCCC’s list. Larry Maggi, the challenger to Rep. Tim Murphy in southwestern Pa., is on the committee’s “Races to Watch” list.
While the 7th district was traditionally seen as GOP territory, Demographic trends have turned it more blue. The seat was overtaken by Democrat Joe Sestak in 2006 but, when Sestak ran for U.S. Senate in 2010, Republicans won it back. After redistricting, it now leans slightly in Republicans’ favor; but presidential year turnout may balance the GOP’s geographic advantage.
Meehan’s campaign dismissed the notion that the race is close, and not just because the Congressman finished the second quarter in June with $1.4 million to Badey’s $200K.
“There’s a reason every prominent elections expert considers Congressman Meehan a strong favorite for victory in November: his proven record of independent leadership and his focus on creating jobs, growing our economy and balancing our budget,” said Meehan campaign spokesman John Elizandro.