Republican candidate: Carney news like a ‘slap in the face’
By Alex Roarty
PoliticsPA Staff Writer
Republican congressional candidate Malcolm Derk said Wednesday night the news that national Republicans courted U.S. Rep. Chris Carney (D-10) to switch parties was “shocking” and “very disappointing.”
“It’s really a slap in the face to all rank-and-file Republicans working to take back the seat,” Derk said during a brief interview.
Carney said late Wednesday that he was flattered by the Republican overtures but would remain a Democrat.
Derk, a Snyder County commissioner, is the only declared GOP candidate in the 10th Congressional District. Former U.S. attorney Tom Marino is reportedly also considering a run.
Derk said he “absolutely” would have continued his campaign even if Carney had switched parties.
“I am disappointed if (U.S. Sen. John) McCain did choose to reach out in this way,” he said. “It’s obvious to me Carney is far from a Republican.”
The Pennsylvania Republican Party wasted little time Wednesday distancing itself from what it said was a solely national GOP effort.