11th Congressional candidate Dan Meuser proposed a “clean campaign pledge” for him and his fellow Republican opponents to sign onto to “not speak ill of any other Republican.” So far, only former RNC delegate Andrew Shecktor has joined the pledge.
The pledge follows Ronald Reagan’s “11th Commandment” of not speaking ill of other Republicans, even during campaigns.
“I believe it is critical to the people of the 11th Congressional District that each candidate pledges to run positive, robust, fact-based primary campaigns,” Meuser said in an email calling on supporters to sign a petition to urge the other candidates to sign the pledge.
Earlier this year, PA GOP Chairman Val DiGiorgio sent a memo to Republican candidates calling for similar campaign tactics.
“As the races for 2018 have heated up, several party leaders and county GOP chairs have asked me to communicate a directive that all candidates keep their focus on the issues and to avoid attacking personal attacks,” DiGiorgio said in the memo.
Businessman Andrew Lewis’s campaign does not believe such pledges are necessary in the campaign.
“Andrew is someone of the utmost integrity. As a devout Christian, as a veteran, and as a father he’ll certainly run a campaign his children can be proud of. Andrew doesn’t need a gimmicky pledge from one of his opponents to run an honest campaign focused on the issues impacting our community,” Lewis’s campaign manager Joe Desilets told PoliticsPA.
PoliticsPA has also reached out to state Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) for comment on this story.