Congressman Mike Kelly (R-Butler) struck out at Casey, according to the Sunbury Daily Item. Kelly said Casey would be voting “against the most qualified nominee for Supreme Court that we’ve had.”
“The only thing they have in common is their name,” Kelly also said, calling out Casey’s father who was the Governor of Pennsylvania from 1987 to 1995.
Casey’s campaign responded by pointing to Kelly’s recent controversies.
“When Congressman Kelly isn’t hiding from his constituents who want a town hall, he’s floating baseless conspiracy theories about President Obama running a shadow government and launching snippy attacks on others,” Casey spokesman John Rizzo said in an email.
“We are becoming a bit concerned about Congressman Kelly – maybe Washington has gotten to him,” Rizzo continued.
Kelly is rumored to be considering a run for either Governor, or U.S. Senate. If he chose to run for Senate, Kelly would likely continue his campaign messaging of being an outsider. Casey’s team pushing this message early may be part of their strategy to either tag Kelly as a ‘Washington insider’, or keep him out of the race entirely.
Update: Kelly’s campaign responded to Casey’s comments.
“Despite being in government for over two decades, Senator Casey’s record of accomplishments is paper-thin. The senator is ineffective and out of touch. Pennsylvanians deserve much better.”