Kelly and Reschenthaler Endorse Parnell for Senate

Source: KDKA

A pair of western PA Republicans and Trump allies have endorsed a candidate in the GOP U.S. Senate primary.

On Friday, Reps. Mike Kelly (R-Butler) and Guy Reschenthaler (R-Washington) penned a joint op-ed in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review announcing their support for Sean Parnell’s candidacy for the U.S. Senate. 

Kelly and Reschenthaler’s op-ed blasts Democrats and President Joe Biden’s administration and touts Parnell, a combat veteran and author, as the leader that Republicans need to take control of the U.S. Senate in 2022. 

“America is at a dangerous crossroads,” Kelly and Reschenthaler write. “Radicals on the left have hijacked Democrats in Washington who are too weak to fight back. Many Republicans have shown an equally fluid spine when facing down the radicals of the left. That is why we simply cannot send another career politician, socialite or out-of-touch multimillionaire to the United States Senate.”

“What we do need are heroes, leaders and fighters,” they continue. “Sean Parnell checks all the boxes, and we fully endorse him to be the Republican nominee and next United States senator from Pennsylvania.”

Kelly and Reschenthaler are the two first members of the state’s congressional delegation to issue a formal endorsement in the 2022 Senate race. Just last week, prior to Parnell’s official entrance into the race, Reschenthaler boosted his candidacy by calling Parnell the Republican’s “best candidate” for the open seat. 

On Tuesday, the same day that Parnell formally launched his campaign, Donald Trump Jr. shot out a tweet calling him “a friend and a strong conservative fighter with a spine of steel,” adding that “He’s 100% rock-solid America First and isn’t afraid to stand up and fight back against the radical Biden agenda and the leftwing media mob.”

Kelly and Reschenthaler joined Parnell along the 2020 campaign trail, while he was seeking a seat in the 17th Congressional District. Parnell lost to Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) by just over 2 points, in a district that President Joe Biden carried by just under 3 points over President Donald Trump, according to Daily Kos

Parnell never formally conceded the race to Lamb. 

While Parnell has landed these two endorsements, he isn’t the lone GOP Senate hopeful to have official support from fellow Republicans in the state. 

Jeff Bartos, a Montgomery County real estate developer who was the GOP nominee for Lt. Governor in 2018, was endorsed by Treasurer Stacy Garrity in April. Garrity is currently the lone GOP statewide official to endorse a candidate in the Senate primary.

A few hours before Parnell’s announcement on Tuesday, Bartos’ campaign sent out a joint letter that included GOP state Sens. Dan Laughlin, Judy Ward, and Bob Mensch, along with 3 other state Reps. and 6 county chairs urging Parnell to instead run for Congress and issuing their support for Bartos’ campaign. On Friday morning, Bartos’ campaign sent out another joint letter that added 5 more Republicans in the state legislature, plus 3 more GOP county chairs sharing the same message.

After Parnell’s formal announcement, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jonathan Tamari reported that Bartos launched ads on Google saying that Parnell “sided with liberals” and linked to a 2016 tweet from Parnell calling on Trump to release his tax returns. 

While Bartos and Parnell are the highest profile names to enter the GOP race to succeed outgoing GOP Sen. Pat Toomey thus far, there are several other candidates that have declared their intentions to seek the party nomination. 

Sean Gale, an attorney, Everett Stern, a businessman and HSBC whistleblower, and Kathy Barnette, a veteran and conservative commentator who was the GOP nominee for Pennsylvania’s 4th Congressional District in 2020, are also in the GOP race. According to the FEC, James Edward Hayes, John Debellis, Martin Rosenfeld, and Robert Jeffries have also filed statements of candidacy. 

Other Republicans that have previously been reported as interested in seeking the GOP nomination according to Politico include, former Congressman Ryan Costello (R-Chester), former Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite, former gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango, former U.S. Ambassador Carla Sands, and business consultant Craig Snyder.

11 Responses

  1. Trump is going to be spending 2022 in prison.

    I wonder how being the preferred candidate of a felon is going to help?

  2. When going through the list of R-side potential and announced candidates…one really stands out…

    Former Sec of Navy Ken Braithwaite…

    The only way Republicans (if they are serious and level with their base) will win in the fall of ’22 is by picking someone who can get through the primary AND capture sizeable Suburban votes in Southeast PA (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery) in the general…oh and raise an aircraft carrier load of money to take on what will be a well financed Democrat…

    That’s Braithwaite.

    The party knows its really hard pressed to get a better candidate.

    But his window of opportunity in announcing is closing.

    His friends and advisors need to let folks know one way or another very soon…

  3. Former Lower Merion Constable Eric Bradway is running for Governor of Pennsylvania !

  4. There is no doubt Parnell is the choice of the Trump base and that is who rules the roost. Resch and Kelly got the call from down South and sent the signal. Bartos is a good man but is on a fool’s errand. I saw today that he is urging Parnell to run against Lamb again. His answer is why run against Lamb for a House seat that is going away when he can run against him again for the Senate?

  5. Kelly, Reschenthaler objected to 2020 election in their capacity as Congressman and were joined by Parnell in Kelly’s lawsuit against mail in voting to obviate 2.5 million Pa votes by the Supreme Court. This is the epitome of being against democracy.

  6. i like Jeff, but he erred when he claimed The Donald persisted inappropriately when challenging 11/3; thus, like Parnell as MAGA.SPH8

    1. He fought for our country, so yes, he does. LG Fetterman was holding an African American at gun point – is that his qualification? Batros was a Toadie to Scott Wagner – is that his qualification? I could go on, but you get the idea. Go Parnell, go! ‘Merica!!!

      1. Allow me to rephrase: Anyone who supports Trumpism has no business running for the US Senate, thus Sean Parnell has no business running for the US Senate. Real Americans are taking out the Trump garbage. 81.2 million Patriots came out in November and threw that piece of trash and his soft-core porno wife out of OUR White House. We don’t want brain washed Trumper Parnell representing us in the US Senate.

  7. Of course they would. Two assholes endorsing a third. GOP never has enough shit for brains.

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