Kathy Barnette may go back to Washington.
The veteran and conservative commentator helped organize buses to the now-infamous “Stop the Steal” rally in DC on Jan. 6.
Barnette 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 she was in attendance for Trump’s remarks, but did not participate in the riots or enter the Capitol building.
“She’s looking at all of her options and there will be an announcement in the next two weeks,” Adam Jones, spokesperson for the Barnette campaign, told PoliticsPA.
She first ran for federal office in 2020, when she was the 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.
According to the Twitter account @CATargetBot, the domain “kathybarnette4senatepa.com” was recently registered. Jones confirmed that her campaign purchased the domain.
Barnette promoted a conservative platform and supported Trump’s agenda during her congressional bid. 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 was endorsed by state Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Adams), Pennsylvania’s Republicans Congressional Delegation, and the Montgomery County Republican Committee during her 2020 bid for Congress.
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.
Barnette delivered the Pledge of Allegiance at CPAC 2021.
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 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.