The races in Pennsylvania’s Sixth and Eighth Congressional Districts have generally been considered the most competitive for November and the recent actions by the NRCC seem to confirm this.
The National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC) released a petition titled “My Pledge Against Nancy Pelosi” today, which it is challenging Democratic nominees Manan Trivedi and Kevin Strouse to sign. The pledge calls for the candidates to promise not to vote for Nancy Pelosi as Democratic leader at the start of the next Congress if they should be elected and to not accept any money from the Minority Leader or her PACs.
“Nancy Pelosi’s policies have been horrible for families and workers all across America,” said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “There is a reason Pelosi is funding the campaigns of these Democrat candidates – she knows they will be in her pocket if they make it to Congress. If these Democrats really care about the people they seek to represent, they will sign this pledge today.”
Pelosi has been a favorite target for the Republican party for a number of years, especially after they made her a central part of their successful 2010 campaign to take back the House. The pledge, therefore, is not so much a serious inquiry as it is an attempt to portray PA-6 candidate Manan Trivedi and PA-8 candidate Kevin Strouse as too liberal to win election.
So far it appears that the Democrats will seek to counter the attempts to connect them with Nancy Pelosi by trying to tie their Republican opponents to Gov. Tom Corbett.
“His [Corbett’s] actions are disgraceful, and I call on Congressman Fitzpatrick to repudiate them and ask his party’s governor to reverse this executive order,” Strouse said.
These attacks will likely continue in the contests between Chester County Board of Commissioners Chair Ryan Costello and physician Manan Trivedi in PA-6 as well as Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick and Afghan and Iraq War veteran Kevin Strouse in PA-8.