Gerlach Camp Casts Trivedi as 6th District Outsider

Rep. Jim Gerlach's (right) campaign says Dem candidate Manan Trivedi is out of touch with voters by figuratively, by his ideology, and literally, by his residency outside PA-06 lines.

Does living two miles outside District 6 limits make Manan Trivedi out of touch with his potential constituency? According to the Gerlach for Congress camp, it does.

In a recent press release, Senior Adviser to the Gerlach for Congress campaign Vince Galko argued that Gerlach, himself a transplant from western PA’s Lawrence County, is better suited to represent the District in which Trivedi was born and raised — the reason being that the Democratic challenger no longer lives or works full time within PA-06 limits.

Trivedi and his family did, in fact, reside within the district until recently when lines were redrawn and their part of the PA map was bumped, by about two miles, into District 7 — but the Gerlach camp is still determined to cast their opponent as a stranger to CD-6.

“Manan Trivedi last week popped in his car and drove from his 7th Congressional District house in Union Township and into the 6th Congressional District to launch a series of ‘House Call’ events designed to promote his campaign. The listening tour actually allowed him to quickly get a handle on just what voters in this foreign district care about most,” read a press release from Team Gerlach.

But the Trivedi camp made another point. Trivedi could have also thrown on some Nikes and jogged into District 6, arriving for his ‘House Calls’ in about 25 minutes (although he would have probably been quite sweaty).

Interestingly enough, Gerlach’s own political history is marked with accusations of being an outsider.

In his successful 1990 run against incumbent State Rep. Sam Morris, Gerlach was accused of moving from Lawrence County in southwest PA to Chester County just to win a political office. He had lost a race back in Ellwood City four years earlier.

Pot…Kettle…Black? Perhaps, says Trivedi’s supporters.

But the Gerlach camp isn’t just miffed that Trivedi doesn’t live inside the lines.

They’re also citing Trivedi’s liberal views and recent employment with a hospital in Washington, D.C. as evidence that he won’t meet the needs of PA-06 voters.

“Not only does Trivedi not live or work in the district, but in conversations with voters he’ll come to understand that his liberal values are way out of step,” said Galko. “His support for higher taxes on small businesses, a socialized medicine scheme far beyond Obamacare and his opposition to pro-growth policies that will create jobs fit better in San Francisco than southeast Pennsylvania. Frankly, they were disqualifiers two years ago, and will be again in November.”

According to Daren Berringer, senior adviser of the Trivedi for Congress campaign, Trivedi took a job at a D.C. hospital in order to allow his family to be closer together while his wife is working as a material science engineer in D.C.

Berringer said Trivedi and his wife wanted to raise their daughter in Berks County, however, so they bought a house there in 2009, around the time he got out of the Navy – but kept the D.C. home for his wife’s job.

The Trivedi home in Berks County was part of the 6th Congressional District when it was purchased, as well as during Trivedi’s 2010 run for Congress and up to the start of the current election cycle.

“Dr. Manan Trivedi and his wife Surekha are working parents. And any time that
Congressman Gerlach would like to learn a little bit more about health care and the needs of patients in the community, he is more than welcome to come pull a shift with Manan,” Berringer said.

There is no law that prohibits political candidates from living or working outside the district in which they are running for office, although it tends to strike a sour note with voters to live outside district lines.

Trivedi may have more right to be mad than anyone. Although he is not barred from running in PA-06, he can’t even vote for himself come November.

August 22nd, 2012 | Posted in Congress, Front Page Stories, Top Stories | 11 Comments

11 thoughts on “Gerlach Camp Casts Trivedi as 6th District Outsider”

  1. Penn Lawyer says:

    Reply to Pauly D. Who are YOU to call Manny a “loser”. What college degreeS do YOU have? What’s YOUR military record? Did YOU receive a Presidential Citation for YOUR military service? How many American soldiers’ lives have YOU saved? And what do you mean, go back to India? He was born here!He attended college and med school at Boston University, then joined the United States Navy, where served as the battalion surgeon for a Marine Corps infantry battalion from 2001-03, commanding a medical team that cared for over 1,200 of our troops and hundreds of Iraqi civilians as part of the first ground forces entering Iraq.

    For his service, Lt. Commander Trivedi earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Commendation Medal, and his unit was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.

    After his service in Iraq, Manan earned a Masters in health policy at UCLA. He drew on his experience with combat medicine to become one of the early researchers to investigate the unique mental health issues affecting our troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Trivedi went on to serve as health policy advisor to the Navy Surgeon General and was an assistant professor of medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. He also served as a health policy advisor to the Obama for America campaign. Manan is now back home in Reading, where he’s a board-certified internal medicine doctor at Reading Hospital.

  2. Militant Republican Moderate says:

    Take a look a Trivedi’s campaign finance reports very little the money he has raised has come people in the 6th congressional district. I think it is clear, he represent people other than us.

  3. Pauly D says:

    Manny Is a World Class Loser why does he not go Back to India and Run from something in his Own Country We don’t need an Interloper Here

  4. David Diano says:

    It must be nice for Gerlach to have friends in the state legislator to redistrict his opponents.

  5. Better Call Saul says:

    Ok Daren,

    So “Foreign” was used as an adjective to describe the district, NOT the candidate for Congress, unlike PoliticsPA initially reported.

    I’m glad however, PoliticsPA rectified this shortcoming.

  6. Adam says:

    Gerlach is mad that Trivedi worked in a hospital outside the district? At least he was working at a real job. Gerlach’s been on the public dole since 1991.

  7. Daren says:

    The “foreign” language came directly from the first paragraph of the Gerlach press release. Here is that paragraph:

    (Chester Springs, PA) – Manan Trivedi last week popped in his car and drove from his 7th Congressional District house in Union Township and into the 6th Congressional District to launch a series of “House Call” events designed to promote his campaign. The listening tour actually allowed him to quickly get a handle on just what voters in this foreign district care about most.

  8. FactCheck says:

    What the hell is up with that headline? NOWHERE in this story is the Gerlach camp quoted as using the word “foreign.”

    And this is just the latest crappy, demonstrably false headline from PoliticsPA. Two other recent examples: “Cohen Calls Radio Host Nazi After Per Diem Question” (he said the word, but he did not actually call the radio host a Nazi) and “Marino Skips Skinny Dipping for Fast Food” (strongly implying that if he hadn’t been elsewhere, he would have been naked in the sea).

    This is really weak, pathetic headline writing, obviously done in a desperate attempt to get people to click on the article (earning a pageview and cash), and it needs to be called out.

  9. Sam Steadard says:

    The only Dem pickup seat this fall will be Gene Stilp. You heard it hear first.
    I hope I’m wrong and the Dems pick up several, but at this point, I think Gene has the best chance. Feel free to tell me I’m crazy. I’ll check back on Nov. 7th to remind you I called it first, and a little “I told you so” fun.

  10. Jay Arnold says:

    Someone should remind Gerlach that he shouldn’t be able to run in a Republican primary because for many years he was a Democrat!

  11. SoPhi says:

    “foreign” aka “other” aka “not-white”

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