A former GOP congressional candidate and conservative commentator has joined the 2022 race for U.S. Senate.
Kathy Barnette, a veteran and conservative commentator who was the GOP nominee for Pennsylvania’s 4th Congressional District in 2020, announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday morning.
“I’m Kathy Barnette and I’m running to become the first Black Republican Woman elected to the US Senate. I’ll be the voice we need to defend our rights,” Barnette wrote in a tweet, along with her 3 minute plus long announcement video. “And by the way, Joe, just because I believe in competent leadership doesn’t mean “I ain’t Black!”
In the campaign video, Barnette speaks at Gettysburg, highlighting the significance of the location for her, while taking jabs at Biden and “cancel culture.”
I’m Kathy Barnette and I’m running to become the first Black Republican Woman elected to the US Senate. I’ll be the voice we need to defend our rights.
— Kathy Barnette (@Kathy4Truth) April 6, 2021
PoliticsPA reported last week that Barnette was considering a run for office and that her campaign purchased the domain “kathybarnette4senatepa.com” and additional domains prior to her formal announcement on Tuesday morning.
Barnette, a conservative Republican, helped organize buses to the now-infamous “Stop the Steal” rally in DC on Jan. 6.
She posted a video on December 31 saying that she and her team were organizing two busses to support President Donald Trump. A Barnette spokesperson told PoliticsPA last week that she was in attendance for Trump’s remarks, but did not participate in the riots or enter the Capitol building.
Barnette’s first bid for federal office was in 2020 when she was GOP nominee against incumbent Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery) in the Philadelphia suburban district. She outperformed the President by 5 points. Dean won by 19 points, while Joe Biden carried the district by 24 points over President Donald Trump, according to DailyKos. She was the first Black candidate to run for Congress in the district.
During her congressional bid, she promoted a conservative platform and supported Trump’s agenda.
According to her 2020 congressional campaign website, she promoted being a supporter of the 2nd Amendment, school choice, being pro-life, backing Trump’s energy policies, and being tough on China, while voicing her opposition to Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH), which she said would “Abolish the Suburbs” and the Affordable Care Act. She also proposed creating the Centers for Infectious Disease Outbreak and introducing the Minority Inclusion Act (MIA).
Barnette channels Trump’s message on her Senate campaign website with the words “Pennsylvania First. America First.”
During her 2020 congressional bid, Barnette was endorsed by state Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Adams), Pennsylvania’s Republican Congressional Delegation, and the Montgomery County Republican Committee.
Barnette, like other Republicans candidates in Pennsylvania, did not immediately concede after her race was called. She posted a video on YouTube in late November that references the hearing that Mastriano held one day before Thanksgiving as proof that she thinks that there was voter fraud in her race and the presidential race, although courts later determined that there was no widespread voter fraud to impact the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
Her Senate campaign video, which had over 260,000 views on Twitter by Tuesday afternoon, grabbed the attention of various conservative commentators, who offered support for her campaign for Senate.
The 2022 GOP race for Senate is expected to be crowded in Pennsylvania.
Jeff Bartos, a Montgomery County real estate developer and former Lt. Governor candidate, Sean Gale, an attorney, and Everett Stern, a businessman and HSBC whistleblower, have also formally announced their entrance into the race to succeed outgoing GOP Sen. Pat Toomey.
Other Republicans that are reportedly interested in seeking the GOP nomination according to Politico include, Reps. Mike Kelly (R-Butler), Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny), former Congressman Ryan Costello(R-Chester), former Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite, former gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango, former U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain, former U.S. Ambassador Carla Sands, business consultant Craig Snyder, and former congressional candidate Sean Parnell.