MoveOn.Org Taps Houghton for PA-16
Progressive website MoveOn.Org now hosts a petition trying to recruit former State Rep. Tom Houghton to run for Congress against incumbent Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Chester).
He told the Daily Local News that he was considering a run but wouldn’t decide until next week.
“I’m tired of Republicans who believe that compromise is a synonym for treason,” Houghton told the Daily Local News.
The petition has already been signed by more than 500 residents in PA’s 16th district, and cites Pitts’ role during the shutdown. Several residents have posted comments about Pitts and Houghton.
“My long term Congressman, Joe Pitts, has managed to do nothing in his eight terms in Congress besides vote ‘No’ on pretty much everything. He was the only area Congressman to refuse to end the Government shutdown,” said Russ Phifer, in his petition urging Houghton to run. “Tom Houghton has shown he can be an effective, cross-the-aisle legislator. Let’s help get him elected!”
“Tom is honest, smart and practical—he wants to work with all residents to better our lives, regardless of party affiliation. Tom was a very respected and effective township supervisor and State Representative for many years,” said Stacey Salamon, from Avondale, PA on the petition. “He understands the difficult issues that face our state and nation, but would never attempt to deal with those issues by voting to shut down the federal government as did Mr. Pitts.”
Democrat Houghton served one term in the General Assembly representing the 13th District in Chester County until 2010 when he was defeated by more than ten points by John Lawrence. Before that, Houghton was a London Grove Township supervisor.
The Pitts campaign doesn’t appear concerned.
“The only support Tom Houghton has at the moment is from the left-wing organization Moveon.org. It should surprise and worry people that Houghton has chosen to team up with an organization that called General David Petraeus a traitor and compared George Bush to Adolf Hitler. The Daily Show’s John Stewart once ‘congratulated’ Moveon.org for ‘10 years of making even people who agree with you cringe.’” Pitts spokesman Jason Ercole said.
“We’re not surprised though. After all, Houghton’s big-tax, big-spend record is just as liberal as Moveon.org’s — which is why he was thrown out of office by the people of his community after just one term,” Ercole continued. “Houghton even went so far as to try recently to unseat a popular Democratic state senator who wasn’t liberal enough for him. If Mr. Houghton wins the Democratic primary, we’ll be happy to compare his record of hurting taxpayers and supporting liberal causes to Congressman Pitts’ record of fiscal discipline and common sense.”