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Hoyer Coming to Town for Holden

Democratic Whip for the U.S. House of Representatives Steny Hoyer will visit the Lehigh Valley on Friday on behalf of Rep. Tim Holden.

Holden and Hoyer will kick off the event in Nazareth, Pa., at the C.F. Martin & Company with an hour-long tour of the guitar manufacturer’s facilities. The pair will also make a lunch stop at Josie’s New York Deli in downtown Easton. While in town, Hoyer will also host a fundraiser for Holden.

It’s a show of support for Holden, who is facing a serious primary challenge in the newly drawn district.

Holden’s challenger, Lackawanna County attorney Matt Cartwright, declared his candidacy in the PA-17 Democratic primary back in January. Since then, it’s been reported that his campaign has brought in about $600,000. He and Holden have each hit the airwaves.

“I am thrilled to welcome my good friend Steny Hoyer to the new 17th Congressional District,” said Congressman Tim Holden, in a campaign press release Wednesday. “We’re looking forward to the tour of the guitar factory and to having lunch.”

Hoyer, who is the represents Maryland’s 5th district, has served in Congress since 1981 and is the number two ranking Democrat in the House, said that he is proud to support Holden and that the U.S. needs more politicians like him.

“I am proud to support Tim Holden, because he is focused on creating jobs, protecting seniors, and will continue to be a strong advocate on behalf of our veterans,” Hoyer is quoted as saying in Wednesday’s press release. “It is my pleasure to visit the Lehigh Valley on behalf of a good friend and great member of Congress, Tim Holden.”

Cartwright welcomed Hoyer to the region and threw a quick jab at Holden.

“Everyone is welcome here,” Cartwright said. “However, my campaign is about bringing jobs to Northeast Pennsylvania, making corporations and wealthy Americans pay their fair share of taxes, and strengthening the health care reform law that Tim Holden voted against.”

2 Responses

  1. Figures. Hoyer and Holden agree that Democrats should move the debate away from birth control back to Republican-friendly terrain by pivoting to the deficit in an election year. Unbelievably stupid. Not only is the short-term deficit not a problem, but voters simply don’t care about it and aren’t going to give Democratic politicians credit for doing anything about it. There is no reason, on the politics or on the policy, for any Democrats to be pivoting to deficit reduction now. Pelosi knows this, Hoyer doesn’t seem to get it, and that’s why Pelosi should be Speaker again in 2013 when we take back the House.

  2. Of course he is. Because why would you want a Democrat who actually votes for Democratic legislation?

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