“He’s put himself out there more than his history would suggest,” Muhlenberg College pollster told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Chris Potter.
Casey’s surge in social media has coincided with the confirmation process for Trump’s cabinet members. The confirmation process for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos brought some of Casey’s most fiery tweets.
The first step I can take is voting against Mrs. DeVos. https://t.co/dcHuxvaEyU
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) February 1, 2017
Your calls are working. We only need one more Republican vote to block the nomination of Betsy DeVos. pic.twitter.com/i3db7jq4Kc
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) February 2, 2017
Casey has even taken to almost trolling Trump, especially when it comes to ethics.
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) February 8, 2017
Casey’s social media push could help him when it comes to his 2018 re-election campaign. Casey is brushing it aside, telling the Post-Gazette, “I leave it to a political scientist to analyze how it affects 2018. … I just have to do my job as I see it.”
Casey’s increase does bode well for his name being included in more news stories. Reporters now keep an eye on officials Twitter feeds, leading to his tweets being featured in the Post-Gazette, CNBC, and Philadelphia Magazine.
Casey is one of ten Democratic Senators up for re-election in 2018 in a state that Trump won. One of the most important priorities will be mobilizing supporters, and engaging with them on social media. Daily Kos noted that Casey is leading the charge on this front.