Costello Removes Name From Ballot

Congressman Ryan Costello filed to remove his name from the primary ballot. 

According to the Inquirer Costello said he has filed to remove his name from the ballot.  The deadline to remove his name from the ballot is Tuesday.

Costello’s decision leaves tax attorney Greg McCauley as the only Republican on the ballot for the May primary.

The announcement likely sets up the general election match up with Chrissy Houlahan the only Democrat to file in the race.

Costello had reportedly been considering remaining on the ballot through the primary. 

Costello’s announcement to retire the Cook Political Report and Inside Elections both shifted the race from ‘toss up’ to ‘likely Democrat.’

 

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  1. good riddance

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  2. good choice Ryan is to remove your name on the ballot for a term for congress maybe I will support you in a future US Senate run or a governor run in 2022 if Pat Toomey decides to retire or when potentially tom wolf is term limited if he does wins reelection this year though I maybe will not is support you though because I will maybe support someone else maybe.

  3. He is done in politics. This screws over the party too much for him to ever be able to run for anything again.

    1. I don’t think he is done necessarily. I think his life was rolling along all according to plan and then Trump happened. He was exposed as someone who talked moderate but voted conservative. Nothing wrong with being a Conservative but he talked another game. When he needed to be resilient and was in for a real fight – he quit. That tells you about his character. This wasn’t a 70 Rep who had been there forever. Maybe he will learn how to bounce off the mat and come back. Stranger things have happened.

      1. You’re right, I guess. Never say never. Let’s just say, doing this, and the way he went about everything, will make any future runs significantly harder for him. I wouldn’t trust him enough to support him after this, but that’s just me.

        1. I agree that this absolutely puts a grain of salt into any future run Costello makes. I disagree in part with the Moderate to Conservative argument that was made here. He’s much, much more moderate than a lot of people believe. I also think that the “vote counters” out there (538, Heritage, etc) have tainted politics today because of partisan strategies. For example, Costello and Fitz voting with Trump to name a library the Lincoln Library is not exactly a vote with Trump, especially if it passes unanimously. They do what they can to confuse voters. But that’s enough of a rant for me.

          1. You make a really good point, something I haven’t really thought about before. I just think this has to be the end for Costello, no matter how conservative or moderate he is. Based on what we’ve seen from him so far, it certainly doesn’t seem like he has it in him to run a race of any kind without party support, and why would they support him after having him screw them like this? It seems like they were perfectly willing to give him full support to save this seat, which was definitely doable even with the new maps, and he just got weird and paranoid at even the slightest hint of competition from Houlahan. He still could have won this race, but he freaked out and gave up.

        2. IMO – he hasn’t had to be resilient in his life so far. Everything has had an orderly progression. Things came easy. I have seen this before especially when people hit their late 30’s and early 40’s without any significant challenges to overcome. They wilt under pressure. I do not know him personally so I can’t say for sure that is what happened. However, the signs were there. The rage, the disbelief. Until he can take inventory, he won’t be ready for another run. Also, his voting record is NOT that of a moderate. Yes, talked like that but he didn’t vote that way. Not many people would even care to be honest.

          His time is up. Not because of Trump but because he didn’t want to face the tough challenge. That is entirely on him.

  4. So he did make up his mind, pathetic. he is young enough, maybe this will all go away some day.

  5. bad choice Ryan is to keep your name on the ballot for a term for congress maybe I will support you in a future US Senate run or a governor run in 2022 if Pat Toomey decides to retire or when potentially tom wolf is term limited if he does wins reelection this year though I maybe will not is support you though because I will maybe support someone else maybe.

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