Barletta to Challenge Casey in 2018
According to a tweet from the Associated Press Barletta disclosed his decision today.
Via @AP: Republican US Rep. Lou Barletta of Pennsylvania tells GOP brass he's decided to run for the Senate seat held by Democrat Bob Casey.
— Marc Levy (@timelywriter) July 31, 2017
Barletta is currently serving his fourth term in Congress.
He was rumored to be considering the run after discussions with President Trump where Trump urged him to run. Trump gave Barletta a shout out during a roundtable discussion on immigration reform, asking Barletta if he was running for Governor.
Barletta was an early supporter of Trump, and would likely have the support of the Trump organization in his run. His standing within the state party would also likely help him attempt to earn the endorsement next year.
PoliticsPA has reached out to the Pennsylvania Democratic Party for comment on this story.
Update: The Pennsylvania Democratic Party took Barletta’s decision as chance to hit him on stance on healthcare, and labeled him as out of touch.
“If Congressman Lou Barletta thinks voting to raise health care costs for seniors, gut protections for those with preexisting conditions, and send premiums skyrocketing will earn him a promotion, he’s in for a rude awakening. Congressman Barletta is out of step with Pennsylvania values and in the pocket of D.C. Republicans and wealthy special interests. That’s why he’s supported privatizing Social Security, voucherizing Medicare and a health care age tax for older Pennsylvanians,” Pennsylvania Democratic Party Spokesman Max Steele said in a release.
Barletta will join businessmen Paul Addis and Jeff Bartos, and State Representatives Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny) and Jim Christiana (R-Beaver), and RNC Delegate Andrew Schektor in the race. Congressman Mike Kelly (R-Butler) is also considering a run.