Holding hometown endorsements.
On Friday afternoon, former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign announced 15 endorsements from former and current elected officials in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties, that include former Congressman Chris Carney, state Sen. John Blake, state Rep. Bridget Malloy Kosierowski and more.
The release from the campaign said the endorsements for the Scranton native show the “energy surrounding the campaign in key parts” of the state that voted for Trump in 2016.
“Pennsylvania is a critical state in this election and this slate of endorsements brings the campaign closer to the broad coalition we are building. These endorsements demonstrate support from Vice President Biden’s hometown and key counties Democrats will need to compete in next November,” said Greg Schultz, Campaign Manager, Biden for President. “To have support from these dedicated public servants reflects the grassroots momentum that is continuing to move this campaign forward.”
The following elected officials pledged their support for Biden in the release: Former Congressman Chris Carney, State Senator John Blake, State Senator John Yudichak, State Representative Mike Carroll, State Representative Marty Flynn, State Representative Bridget Kosierowski, State Representative Gerald Mullery, State Representative Kyle Mullins, State Representative Eddie Day Pashinski, Luzerne County Council Jane Walsh Waitkus, Luzerne County Council Patrick Bilbow, Lackawanna County Recorder of Deeds Evie McNulty, Lackawanna County Clerk of Judicial Records Mauri Kelly, Lackawanna County Register of Wills Fran Kovaleski, and Lackawanna County Sheriff Mark McAndrew.
Trump made huge gains in both counties in 2016 in comparison with previous GOP presidential candidates. Trump carried Luzerne County by just under 20 points over Sec. Hillary Clinton after President Barack Obama bested Gov. Mitt Romney here by about 5 points in 2012. Clinton narrowly edged out Trump in Lackawanna County by 3.5 points, while Obama carried the county by 27 points over Romney in 2012.
Democrats did make improvements in these counties in 2018 with Gov. Tom Wolf winning Lackawanna County by 22 points and Luzerne County by 4.5 points over state Sen. Scott Wagner (R-York), and Sen. Bob Casey carrying Lackawanna County by 23 points over Congressman Lou Barletta (R-Luzerne), although Casey lost Luzerne County by 8 points.
Biden is currently the lone Democratic presidential hopeful to have received endorsements from current members Pennsylvania’s Democratic Congressional delegation. Shortly after formally announcing a bid for the White House, Biden received endorsements from Sen. Bob Casey, and Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia), Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna) and Dwight Evans (D-Philadelphia).
Biden’s campaign is also slated to hold a campaign finance event in Scranton on Oct. 22, according to WNEP. His last public appearance in the state was at the first ever AFL-CIO Workers’ Presidential Summit in Philadelphia last month.
The Times Leader is also reporting that in addition to Biden making a stop in Northeast Pennsylvania on Oct. 22, Vice President Mike Pence is expected to be making a stop in the area on Oct. 21.
The Pennsylvania Republican Party did not immediately respond for comment on the endorsements and upcoming visit.