Kelly Announces Contract with 3rd Congressional District
Pledge Focuses on Budget Reforms, Constituent Service & Transparency
Butler, PA – Mike Kelly (R-Butler), the Republican nominee for Pennsylvania’s 3rd Congressional District, held a series of news conferences on Wednesday to announce his “Kelly Contract with the 3rd Congressional District.” Kelly is facing embattled Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper in November 2nd’s mid-term election.
Kelly’s “good government” contract includes pledges to author several budget reform pieces of legislation, host regular town hall meetings, have at least three full-time district offices and to voluntarily post all of his office expenses online every month.
“It’s beyond time we fix Washington and demand the people elected to represent us are held accountable,” said Kelly. “A lot of candidates, the incumbent Congresswoman in this district included, run campaigns saying one thing and then they don’t actually govern how they say they are going to during a campaign. I have been in business my entire life and can tell you that if you don’t follow through on your word, honor the contracts you have in place, then you are going to be looking for other work. Washington should operate no differently. That’s why I am offering this contract with the 3rd Congressional District.”
Additionally, Kelly went on to note that he would pursue a more accessible, different approach to running his district offices than Congresswoman Dahlkemper. After being elected in 2008, Congresswoman Dahlkemper closed two of former Congressman English’s full-time district offices in Mercer and Butler Counties. Additionally, Congresswoman Dahlkemper has held very few town hall meetings, including none during her 2010 August recess. Kelly pledged in his contract to hold town hall meetings every August recess he is in office.
“By making this contract with the 650,000 people I would represent in the 3rd Congressional District, I expect the constituents of this district would hold me accountable to it. I have operated my entire career as a man of my word and if you elect me to Congress, what you see and hear is exactly what you will get,” Kelly concluded.