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Keller Changes Mind, Will Not Stand for Reelection

In a surprise announcement, Fred Keller (R-Northumberland) said that he would not run for reelection.

Keller, whose 12th District seat was eliminated in redistricting, had announced his intention to run in the 9th District against Dan Meuser (R-Luzerne), setting up a battle of sitting representatives for the GOP nod.

Rather than pit Republicans against Republicans, which the congressional map chosen by the liberal PA Supreme Court does, I am committed to helping take back the House holding Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate seat, and electing a conservative Governor. To that end, I am not going to run against another member of Pennsylvania’s Republican Congressional Delegation,” Keller said on Twitter.

“My team & I will continue to work to provide the constituents of Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District with the highest level of service. Representing the values of the outstanding people of central & northeast Pennsylvania, who go to work every day and get the job done, has been the privilege of a lifetime. Thank you to everyone who has allowed me to do it.”

Keller and U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Centre) saw their large northern Pennsylvania districts drawn into one, as the Keystone State lost a seat in the U.S. House after the most recent Census.

3 Responses

  1. If one guy has 2/3 of his district in the new district simple math dictates the decision. US Supreme Court appeal is a dead end. They did not intervene in cases in other states where Dems appealed.

    1. But but but, it is GOP appealing here. “unpolitical” SCOTUS can forget about precedent when it can help GOP and blunt democracy.

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