After winning the Democratic nomination in PA-13, Brendan Boyle sat down for an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd.
The State Representative attributed his victory over three opponents, including former Congresswoman and Clinton in-law Marjorie Margolies, to his middle-class message.
“Our message, the fact that I focused on income inequality and what I call the forgotten middle-class,” Boyle responded when asked by Todd about what he felt lead to his victory.
Boyle also cited his campaign’s ground game.
Todd then transitioned to Boyle’s views on abortion and the heat he took in the Democratic primary on the issue.
“I’m pro-choice,” Boyle said. “I support Roe versus Wade.”
Boyle was attacked by his opponents on the abortion issue repeatedly during the Democratic primary and even after his victory NARAL Pro-Choice America released a critical statement following Boyle’s victory.
“Brendan Boyle spent much of this campaign tap dancing around votes he took that would throw roadblocks in front of women seeking reproductive health care for one reason only: He knows those positions are losing ones,” they wrote.
“I’m pro-choice,” Boyle answered. “I support Roe versus Wade.”
Boyle went on to tell Todd, “I think my positions on my votes on these issues have been mischaracterized.”
He explained that some of the votes in question were related to the case of Philadelphia Dr. Kermit Gosnell, an abortion clinician who was sentenced to life in prison for murder.
“Had there been inspections two women who ultimately died would have been alive today,” Boyle stated.
The Democratic nominee also expressed his belief that the potential shift from Allyson Schwartz, the last female PA representative in Congress, to a male Congressman may have contributed to the dissatisfaction of women’s groups.
“I also recognize this seat was held by a very able and capable female Congresswoman, there were two very strong female candidates in the race,” Boyle said. “So if you’re part of the D.C. insider groups and want to support a woman [getting] elected and you don’t want to choose between two of the leading women, attacking the guy that surged first is probably a good way to help both of them and I think that had more to do with it than anything else.”
Boyle bested Marjorie Margolies, Val Arkoosh, and Daylin Leach for the Congressional seat in PA-13 and garnered 41% of the vote.