Former Rep. Houghton to Primary Sen. Dinniman
By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor
Citing Dinniman’s support for SB1, the vouchers/school choice bill Houghton accused the Senator of failing to support public education.
“He’s supposed a Democratic leader on education. Not only has he supported a voucher bill, but he’s taken a lead on it,” Houghton said. “He’s giving cover to right-wingers who are threatening to defund our public schools.”
PoliticsPA was unable to reach Dinniman (D-Chester) for comment.
Houghton served in the Pa. House from the 13th district from 2009 to 2010, when he lost his re-election race. He had earlier declared a Senate bid against Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, but was drawn out of the district during reapportionment. He said he saw that coming, so he suspended his campaign and released his staff in the summer. He has no leftover cash on hand from that short-lived bid.
He says he got back in when he tuned in to Dinniman’s votes in Harrisburg.
“During that time as [Chester County] Commissioner, he made me proud to be a Democrat,” Houghton said. “In Harrisburg, I feel like he’s lost his way.”
The Chester County Dems have their endorsement meeting on January 25th, and Houghton says he is sending out a letter with the names of over 40 committee members who have endorsed his bid.
“The committee has been paying attention,” said a source close to the Chester County Dems. “Once we started looking at one vote, we realized there were many more.”
Dinniman will have the resources of the Pa. Senate Democrats Campaign Committee on top of his approximately $284,000 cash on hand. The latter number includes a total of $45,000 from pro-vouchers group Students First.