Cambria Dems Unanimously Endorse Critz
The Cambria County Democratic Committee voted Thursday night to endorse Rep. Mark Critz in his heated primary battle against fellow incumbent Jason Altmire in the new 12th Congressional District. The vote was unanimous, 61-0.
“I want to thank the Cambria County Democratic Committee for their unanimous show of support,” Critz said in a statement. “The members of the Cambria County committee supported me by such a wide margin because they know best that creating jobs is my top priority and that I will never vote to endanger Social Security and Medicare. I am confident that we will win on April 24 once the voters of the new parts of the district learn that I am fighting for jobs and standing up for seniors.”
The endorsement wasn’t a surprise by any means – Critz is the home town candidate and successor to the late John Murtha, Johnstown’s favorite son. He gets a few points for pulling off a unanimous vote.
This is the first county endorsement for Critz. Altmire has already secured the endorsements of the Democratic committees in Allegheny, Beaver, and Westmoreland counties. There are two other counties in the district. Somerset County Democrats don’t endorse candidates per their bylaws, and it appears unlikely that the Lawrence County Democrats will endorse either due to intra-committee issues.
The Critz campaign is challenging many of the petition signatures collected by Altmire, saying that enough are invalid that he shouldn’t be on the ballot. A judge will decide – likely today – if Altmire is eligible, although it appears unlikely he will be kicked off the ballot.