Another Democrat has tossed his hat in the ring as a potential challenger to Rep. Scott Perry (R-10) in the 10th Congressional District.
Mike O’Brien, a Marine Corps veteran and former TOPGUN pilot, announced that he is running for U.S. Congress “to defend democracy, defeat extremists like insurrectionist ringleader Scott Perry, and continue to serve the people of Pennsylvania.”
A graduate of Cheltenham High School, O’Brien graduated from the Naval Academy, earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from MIT, and served for 20 years as a TOPGUN fighter pilot and squadron commanding officer.
O’Brien – who flew with the callsign,”Snooki” – flew F/A-18 Hornets off of aircraft carriers, served in two combat deployments, graduated from the U.S. Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program (TOPGUN), and became an F-35C Lightning II pilot before becoming an instructor.
He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel last month and returned home to Pennsylvania to run for Congress in a district that has voted for Perry five times.
“Contrary to popular belief, the Marine Corps does not want cookie cutter,” he said. “If something needs to get done, go outside the box and get it done. The Marine Corps wants you to contribute your individual talents and ideas, especially if it helps you succeed.
“I spent the last 20 years defending democracy overseas. But we need more of that. Right here at home, right now,” says O’Brien in his opening campaign video.
“Congressman Scott Perry and his far-right gang of insurrectionists are a threat to democracy and a threat to our freedoms.
“That’s why I’m running for Congress right here in my home state of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania families need a fighter on their side who listens to them, who respects them, who cares more about them than about winning partisan food fights.”
O’Brien is married to Courtney Davidson, a Hanover native who graduated as the all-time leading scorer in Navy women’s basketball history. She currently serves as an Active Duty Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel and the Commanding Officer of a KC-130J squadron. They are the first and only married couple to command flying squadrons in Marine Corps history. The pair have two children.
He joins a Democratic field that includes Rick Coplen and Shamaine Daniels.