PA-15: Rep. Dent Criticizes His Party’s Tactics
In a piece by Scott Wong from The Hill, Dent is profiled and makes clear he is worried about his party pursuing strategies that are unfriendly to voters.
Dent has been perturbed for weeks now, and after the Republican retreat he said, “We had a speaker election that did not go as well as a lot of us would have liked…we got into a big fight over deporting children, something that a lot of us didn’t want to have a discussion about.”
Dent is now ripping his party for the threat of shutting down the Department of Homeland Security and claims that the Republicans, not the President, will be blamed.
“It’s important that we go about avoiding these types of cliffs or shutdowns that, in my view, won’t end well for us Republicans,” Dent told The Hill. “They will damage us as we move into a presidential year and damage our likely presidential nominees.”
Dent is primarily concerned with his own moderate district, where he did not face a primary or general election challenger last year.
“I write my own talking points,” Dent said. “A lot of things I’ve said reflect what many colleagues in marginal, swing districts are thinking.”
Rep. Dent also is troubled that the Republican Party seems to be focused on divisive, wedge issues and believes his party should be talking about things that relate to governing the country.
“Our job is to talk about how we are going to govern the country, grow the economy, create jobs, and focus really hard on sound economic message,” Dent explained. “If we engage too much with these divisive social issues, we do that at great risk.”
In terms of the current funding for DHS, Dent is uniting with Democrats for a clean bill that does not include riders, despite his objections to President Obama’s executive order that protects illegal immigrants from deportation.