A strong first quarter haul has landed Manan Trivedi on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s list of top challengers in the country. The Reading-area physician is challenging Rep. Jim Gerlach. George Badey and Larry Maggi also earned recognition.
The designation will make it easier for Trivedi to raise national money and earn the attention of third party groups. He joins Kathy Boockvar on the list; she’s the Bucks County attorney challenging Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick. Trivedi had been an “emerging races” candidate.
“The early strength we have demonstrated by being named to the Red-to-Blue program means we have the support, confidence, and momentum it takes to win in November,” Trivedi said.
DCCC Chairman Rep. Steve Israel praised Trivedi.
“As a veteran, doctor, and father, Manan Trivedi has dedicated his life to helping keep Pennsylvania families healthy and safe,” he said. “Manan is building a strong grassroots campaign that focuses on creating good jobs and standing up to the extreme Republican agenda of ending Medicare while protecting tax cuts for billionaires and Big Oil.”
Gerlach’s campaign said the Congressman has his sights on the general election.
“Jim Gerlach is focused on working hard for the citizens of the Sixth Congressional District and earning their trust and support. Our opponent is focused on begging for money from programs funded by Washington insiders and liberal extremists,” said spokesman Vince Galko.
“The people who fund this Red to Blue program support the government takeover of our health care, a failed energy policy that is hurting our families and business and a crippling economic policy.”
PoliticsPA named Trivedi a “winner” in our rundown of first quarter fundraising. He brought in over $222K and had $355K on hand. Gerlach (R-Chester) raised $273K and has $688K on hand.
He’s also an escape artist, having defeated a number of concerted efforts over the past decade in a district that was less favorable to Republicans – including his 57 percent to 43 percent defeat of Trivedi in 2010.
GOP lawmakers redrew the 6th district from one that leaned Democratic, to one that leans slightly Republican. Indeed, they drew Trivedi out of the district (barely).
Badey and Maggi
George Badey, an attorney challenging Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Delaware), and Larry Maggi, the Washington County Commissioner challenging Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Allegheny), were each named to the DCCC’s “emerging races” list. This designation puts the two on the radar of national donors.
Badey has $188K COH, Maggi has $266K. Time will tell if they can build on this pace – they’ll need to. Meehan has $1.1 million on hand, Murphy has $1.4 million (as of April 4).
“It is great news that the DCCC elevated us to Emerging Races. Combine this with the DCCC IE announcement of reserving $2 million of air time in the Pittsburgh media market which covers all of this district, and you see that this is increasing becoming one of the most competitive races in the nation,” said Bradley Komar, campaign manager with Larry Maggi for Congress.
The DCCC has reserved $5 million in PA airtime for the fall – $3 million in the Philadelphia market, $2 million in Pittsburgh. Any of these three could win up being beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, one of the DCCC’s “emerging races” candidates lost his primary on Tuesday. Jackson Eaton, who had raised $100K to take on Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Lehigh) was defeated by Lehigh Co. Dem Chairman Rick Daugherty (who raised $8K).