GOP Candidate to PA11 Debate Hosts: If White Nationalist Candidate is in, I’m Out
11th Congressional district candidate Andrew Lewis announced he will boycott a candidate forum hosted by the Dauphin County Council of Republican Women over their invitation of Sean Donahue to the event.
“It has come to my attention that the DCCRW has invited Sean Donahue, an individual who holds anti-Semitic, pro-segregationist, and white-supremacist views and values to speak alongside other candidates at a Republican candidate forum this upcoming Saturday,” Lewis said in statement.
Lewis, an Iraq War veteran and business owner in Dauphin County. The district is currently represented by Congressman Lou Barletta, who is running for Senate and is not seeking his current seat.
“I have decided to rescind my RSVP for the candidate forum and am calling on my fellow Republican candidates to do the same until the DCCRW has withdrawn Mr. Donahue’s invitation to address the Republican audience.”
Last year Donahue was convicted of making terroristic threats against the Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis. The Citizens Voice described Donahue as a “extremist white nationalist group member.”
PoliticsPA has reached out to Donahue for comment.
“The US was created for Americans who chose to worship God through Christianity. Freedom of Religion is for all forms of Christianity but nothing else, certainly not Islam, Voodoo or Satanic worship,” Donahue says on his Facebook.
PoliticsPA is seeking comment from the DCCRW.
Former Federal prosecutor Joe Peters, another GOP candidate for PA-11, said he will attend the event.
Michael Barley, campaign spokesman to former Revenue Secretary and candidate Dan Meuser, said believes the DCCRW will “solve this problem.”
“Our campaign was unaware that Sean Donahue was attending or that he was even a candidate in this race. We have great respect for the Dauphin County Republican Women and we are confident that they will solve this problem, not run from it,” Barley wrote.
PoliticsPA has reached out to the other announced GOP candidate state Rep. Steve Bloom for comment.
Update: This post has been updated to clarify that Scott Uehlinger running for the 15th Congressional district, not the 11th Congressional district.
Update: Lewis released a web video clarifying his points. You can view his video below.
Americans fight Nazis and radical ideologies, we do not give them a platform to spew their hatred. That is why I will not be attending the candidate forum this weekend. Full statement can be viewed here: https://www.voteandrewlewis.com/single-post/2018/01/09/Andrew-Lewis-Boycotts-GOP-Forum-Until-White-Nationalist-Anti-Semitic-Candidate-Disinvited-Calls-On-Other-Candidates-to-Join-Him
Posted by Andrew Lewis on Tuesday, January 9, 2018