Chris Carney 2012?
By Ali Carey, Contributing Writer
An officer in the Naval Reserves and an associate professor at PSU Worthington, Carney lost his re-election bid last year – but there is speculation that he may run again.
In an email sent out to supporters earlier before election day this year, Carney said “Over the past year I have been traveling the region and talking to folks about how we can get our area and our nation working again … In the months to come, I hope to see all of you out in the community and I will keep you updated as we move forward.”
Carney also sent out a “‘Thank You’ to everyone who has been a part of Carney for Congress over the years.”
Chris Carney turned a few heads in 2006 when, in his first run for public office, he defeated an incumbent Republican congressman in a predominantly Republican district. Republican Don Sherwood had held the seat since 1999. Many believe that Carney’s victory was a result of Sherwood’s 2005 confession to having a five-year extramarital affair. While Sherwood admitted to the affair he denied allegations from Cynthia Ore that he had abused her.
Along with other Democrats, Carney also benefited from the prevalent dissatisfaction with former President George W. Bush.
A Facebook group, likely started by a former Carney staffer, titled “Draft Chris Carney” has nearly 400 supporters.
In his email Carney also speaks generally of the challenges of Washington partisanship and welcomes emails from individuals who want to share their ideas on Northeast and Central Pennsylvania issues.
Carney’s former chief of staff April Metwalli also sent out an email saying she was “so proud Chris sent out this message and let everyone know that he still feels the call of public service.” She asked supporters to donate to Carney via his page on ActBlue – which lists 2012 as the targeted election. The site indicates that 29 supporters have raised $1,765 for Carney.
According to the Citizens Voice, in the past Carney said, “‘Nothing has been ruled out, nothing has been ruled in’ when asked if plans an attempted comeback.”
Thee Citizens Voice also reported that Carney’s latest campaign finance report, which includes the third quarter of this year, shows no debts but a negative $6,750 in cash on hand.
While it’s not yet certain which congressional district will include Carney’s home in Susquehanna County, it seems increasingly likely that it will remain in Tom Marino’s pa-10.The incumbent Republican had $172,666 cash on hand as of the most recent campaign finance report.
In response to Carney potentially jumping into the race Marino’s campaign spokesman Jason Fitzgerald said, “Congressman Marino looks forwarded to a spirited campaign next year where he can talk about his positive common-sense conservative record. The voters of the 10th District rejected Congressman Carney and his liberal Obama-Pelosi agenda last year, and we are confident that they will do the same next year.”