Former U.S. Assistant Attorney Conor Lamb won the PA-18 Democratic convention to be recommended for the special election March 13th. The State Party’s Executive Committee will approve of the candidate before ahead of the state’s deadline for naming candidates.
On the second ballot, Lamb won 319 votes, Westmoreland County Commissioner Gina Cerilli got 151, and Pam Iovino got 71.
Update: The Pa. Dems spoke about the convention and the resume of Lamb after the convention.
“This unprecedented convention was held to enable the State Party to hear the voices of the people who live in the 18th Congressional District, and we are thrilled with the outcome. Conor Lamb is a former federal prosecutor and Marine Corps veteran. During his time as federal prosecutor, he helped make the Justice Department’s Pittsburgh office a national leader in fighting the opioid epidemic and led prosecutions against drug dealers. He served as a captain in the Marine Corps and serves in the Marine Corps Reserves. He is young, experienced, and iminently qualified, and he will make the people of the 18th Congressional District proud,” Pa. Dems Chairman Marcel Groen said in a statement.
Lamb will face off against Republican nominee state Representative Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny).
The PA GOP jumped on the news trying to tie Lamb to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
“Conor Lamb — Nancy Pelosi’s handpicked candidate — is the epitome of a political insider and far too liberal for one of the nation’s most conservative districts, a district that President Trump won with close to sixty percent of the vote,” PA GOP spokesman Greg Mann said in a comment.