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NRCC Names 4 PA Dems to ‘Exit List’

As politicos look forward to the 2022 cycle, the National Republican Campaign Committee says four PA members of Congress aren’t looking for a promotion, they’re looking for an exit.

The NRCC announced its 2022 “Exit List.” It names 27 incumbent Democrats including Pa. Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia), Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery), Chrissy Houlahan (D-Chester), and Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny). 

“House Democrats are running for the exits because they know they’re in for a bruising election cycle which will cost them their jobs and their House majority,” said NRCC Chairman Tom Emmer. “They’d rather move on than have to spend another election defending their socialist agenda that will strip Americans of their private health insurance, defund the police, open our borders and raise taxes.”

The only state to have more incumbents on the list than Pennsylvania is California. 

Boyle, Dean, Houlahan, and Lamb have been mentioned as potential candidates for the open 2022 Senate race in Pennsylvania, although none has formally announced his or her entrance into the race. Pennsylvania is slated to lose a congressional seat in 2022, which may impact each member’s calculus

The NRCC goes a step further in targeting Lamb by placing billboards in his district in western PA, criticizing the Allegheny County Democrat over President Joe Biden’s position on fracking.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee used a similar tactic in the 2020 cycle by releasing a “retirement watch list.” Rep. Brain Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) was the lone Pennsylvania Republican to be included in that campaign from the DCCC. Fitzpatrick won re-election by a wide margin. 

Lamb is also the lone Pennsylvania official on this list to be included on the NRCC’s initial 2022 target list

Dean, Houlahan, and Lamb are currently serving their second full terms in Congress, while Boyle was first elected in 2014.

5 Responses

  1. It is going to interesting which current PA US House Seats are going to get combined in this cycle. It could be a real bloodbath. It is also interesting to note that after the 1920 census Pennsylvania had 36 US House Seats. One hundred years later, we will have lost almost half of our US House Delegation and half of our Electoral Votes to the Sun Belt. It looks like the worst thing that ever happened to Pennsylvania was the invention of air conditioning.

  2. Strange I see all four of the Repubs “endangered list” on TV. Never see the Republicans on Fox – wonder why?

  3. So surprising that the NRCC does not just call it a HIT LIST. Maybe that was too controversial after Boulder gundown? Matt Gaetz has his own Hit-on List for young “women” under 18 years old. Most people call those girls.

  4. Same old gas bag bloviating that means little. So, the NRCC Chairman has Dem members of the Congress running for the doors. Blah blah blah….got to please the Republican donors somehow so toss out a press release.

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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