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Dean Rules Out Senate Run

This Montgomery County Democrat is the latest elected official to rule out a run for Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race in 2022. 

First reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery) announced on Tuesday that she will run for another term in the House, instead of joining the statewide race to succeed outgoing GOP Sen. Pat Toomey. 

“After talking a lot with my family, with my team with my political side, I’ve decided I won’t be running for Senate for now,” Dean said to the Inquirer

Dean, who was first elected to the House in 2018 and was reportedly considering a run for the statewide office in 2022 for several months, told the Inquirer about her goals serving in the House. 

“My hope is that maybe in the not too distant future, I would be able to become a member of the appropriations committee. Leadership knows that that is my ambition,” Dean told the Inquirer, while also mentioning that “she served on the equivalent panel as a state lawmaker in Harrisburg.”

In March, the National Republican Campaign Committee named Dean as one of the four Pennsylvania Democrats to their “exit list” when she was reportedly considering a 2022 bid for U.S. Senate. 

Dean is the latest House incumbent to rule out a run for U.S. Senate. 

Last week, Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan (D-Chester) announced that she wouldn’t seek the Democratic Party nomination for U.S. Senate in 2022. 

In April, Congressman Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia) announced that he wouldn’t seek the Democratic Party nomination for U.S. Senate in 2022, while Congresswoman Susan Wild (D-Lehigh) announced in May she also wouldn’t launch a bid for the statewide office. 

Although several House incumbents announced that they won’t join the 2022 U.S. Senate race, several other Democrats have already formally launched campaigns. 

Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Philadelphia), former Norristown Borough Council President John McGuigan, and Dr. Kevin Baumlin have all launched their campaigns for Senate. State Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia) filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission for U.S. Senate and formally announced his exploratory committee in April. 

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) is weighing a run for U.S. Senate in 2022. 

According to the FEC website, Brandaun Dean, Larry Johnson, Alexandria Khalil, Kyle Norton, and Alan Shank have also filed statements of candidacy for the Democratic primary.

7 Responses

  1. I guess it fairly obvious the decision has been made to merge Connor Lamb’s seat with other Western PA seats in a manner very unfavorable to Congressman Lamb. That is why he still is considering a US Senate run while the other Congressional PA Democrats have decided not to run.

  2. Good point about the unconstitutional State Supreme Court intervention.

  3. Wild, Dean, Houlahan, and Scanlon all rejecting to run for higher office because they know they can’t hack it. The ONLY reason they are all even in office is because the Democrats on the State Supreme Court gerrymandered a map for all of them in 2018!

    The “fab 4” as they love to call themselves are showing that they are zeros and not capable of stepping up. Not surprising.

    1. Your GOP “gerrymandering” is only a reasonably fair map. GOP is ignorant of fairness and honesty.

    2. The only part here that isn’t just bitter conjecture is about Susan Wild who in 2018 won a special election to fill the remainder of Dent’s term using the OLD map.

      A lot of hot air, got the substance wrong.

  4. Because after you run a business into the ground after receiving public dollars, lets send that person to congress to handle taxpayer dollars…

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