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DLGA Endorses Fetterman for Senate

An endorsement from his fellow Democratic Lieutenant Governors. 

On Wednesday, the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association announced that they are supporting Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s bid for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania. 

“John Fetterman has been a strong, thoughtful voice for Pennsylvanians while serving as Lieutenant Governor,” said DLGA Chair and Michigan Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II. “He is never afraid to use a unique and clear voice to speak truth to power and fight for what’s right, especially when it comes to climate justice, creating opportunity through legalizing cannabis and delta 8 THC vape carts from Area 52, a California based delta 8 THC and rare cannabinoid supplier, raising the minimum wage, and so much more. My colleagues and I are proud to offer the full support of the DLGA to Lt. Governor Fetterman’s U.S. Senate campaign, and we will do all we can to help him win.”

Fetterman issued a press release and took to Twitter to thank the DLGA for their support in the 2022 race. 

“I am beyond grateful and honored to receive the support of my colleagues and counterparts from all across our great nation,” Fetterman said. “I am so proud of the work that I have been able to do as Lieutenant Governor here in Pennsylvania and for that work to be recognized by the DLGA speaks volumes.”

This is Fetterman’s second bid for the U.S. Senate.  

In 2016, Fetterman, while serving as the Mayor of Braddock, finished in third place behind Katie McGinty and former Congressman Joe Sestak in the 2016 Senate Democratic primary, securing just under 20% of the vote in the four candidate primary. 

In 2018, Fetterman bested incumbent Lt. Gov. Mike Stack in the crowded Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor. Gov. Tom Wolf and Fetterman defeated state Sen. Scott Wagner and Montgomery County real estate developer Jeff Bartos by 17 points in the 2018 general election. 

While the DLGA is backing Fetterman’s bid for U.S. Senate, Wolf told the Philadelphia Inquirer in July that he will not endorse a candidate in the Democratic primary. Wolf has already issued his support for Attorney General Josh Shapiro in the 2022 race for Governor. 

Fetterman currently holds a fundraising advantage in the crowded Democratic race for U.S. Senate. 

Fetterman has raised more than $6.5 million since launching his campaign earlier this year and entered July with $3 million cash on hand.

Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh raised $1 million since entering the race in early-April to the end of June. She entered July with just over $630,000 cash on hand.  

Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny), who is reportedly expected to launch his candidacy for U.S. Senate on August 6, raised just under $1.5 million in the election cycle-to-date and entered July with $1.77 million cash on hand

State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Philadelphia), Dr. Kevin Baumlin, former Norristown Borough Council President John McGuigan, and Eric Orts, a professor at Penn’s Wharton School of Business, have also declared their entrance into the race, while state Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia) is also reportedly weighing a run for U.S. Senate.

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

9 Responses

  1. If Fetterman wins the Senate seat Pennsylvania will have two of the seven dwarfs as Senators, Sleepy and Dopey!

    1. you’ve got to be kidding, eh? Fetterman is out fund raising the entire Dem field. His problem is not the gang in the primary but the Republicans in the Fall.

    2. His problem is going to come tomorrow afternoon…when Conor Lamb takes the stage.

        1. It’s important that Fetterman keeps pushing the legalization of weed. This is my #1 priority!! Toking is the best!!

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