PA-6: Costello Won’t Attend Trump Lunch

CostelloLast week, the PA Republican Party excitedly announced that Donald Trump would be attending their annual Commonwealth Club lunch over PA Society weekend.

Soon afterward, however, some media outlets denounced the decision to have the controversial presidential candidate speak.

Additionally, Jonathan Tamri of the Inquirer found that several Republicans, including Sen. Pat Toomey as well as Congressmen Pat Meehan and Charlie Dent plan on skipping the event.

In response, PoliticsPA reached out to the campaign of Ryan Costello to see if he planned on being there.

“Congressman Costello will not attend the lunch next Friday,” Costello campaign adviser Vincent Galko told us. “He is waiting to see what the work week in Washington looks like, as well as, balancing his district and family obligations.”

While congressional scheduling is often chaotic, it seems more likely than not that these officials consciously chose not to attend Trump’s speech. If that is the case, it shows that more moderate Northeastern Republicans (who also have to run for re-election next year) are still wary about being seen with the bombastic New Yorker.

Whether the rest of the party slows moves away from “The Donald” or towards him will probably depend upon his performance in the upcoming presidential primaries.

December 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Congress, Front Page Stories, Top Stories | 12 Comments

12 thoughts on “PA-6: Costello Won’t Attend Trump Lunch”

  1. Paul F says:

    Looking forward to the day when Bob Guzzardi’s principles aren’t solely “against the enstablishment.” Get a grip, Bob, if you get along with the establishment it does not mean you have poor principles. Hasn’t this been your agreement for the past decade and a half?

    Agree on your point that Costello was picked by the establishment, but he is far better than his predecessor.

  2. Lou says:

    Pigoted fascist…right on….

  3. David Diano says:


    If he said he was going to NYC to attend the other PA Society events, but boycotting the Trump event, then THAT would be standing up to Trump.

  4. Fred Hartley says:

    Ryan Costello represents his district fully. If, God forbid, Trump makes it to the Pennsylvania primary, then the 6th District would not vote for him. Get over it.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Charlie Dent is a complete RINO hack who is only looking after his own a$$. Ironically, Charlie Dent and his ilk are the reason Trump is so popular. But Dent is too stupid to understand. Doesn’t stand on principle… just pandering to his largely Hispanic district. Complete loser that Charlie Dent is.

  6. Brad C says:

    Pam, it’s cowardly because he’s blaming it on a scheduling issue and won’t come out and say it’s because of Trump.

    And you sound like more of a fascist than Trump does.

  7. bobguzzardi says:

    Marco Rubio is moving up as the Establishment’s choice.

    Rep. Costello was made by the Establishment and it can unmake him.

  8. Pam says:

    Sad that the posters on this thread see this as cowardly instead of standing up to a bigoted fascist.

  9. Lou says:

    All the more reason for trump….most politicians are cowards…selfish individuals….

  10. David Diano says:

    “He is waiting to see what the work week in Washington looks like, as well as, balancing his district and family obligations.”

    Translation: he has not confirmed enough bribes to justify the trip.

    Because, there are a lot of events, and he could attend those and skip the Trump event, instead of making up some weak/phony excuse about working in D.C. or the district.

    Toomey must be worried if he’s afraid to attend.

    Meehan isn’t very bright, but he makes it a point to avoid any kind of controversy that might remind voters what a light weight he is.

    Dent didn’t have an opponent last year, but did in 2012, and the Dem got 43.25 %.

    That makes the seat a target, and Dent is far too moderate to want any association with Trump.

  11. Brad C says:

    What a cowardly way to duck.

  12. Observer says:

    Ryan the Wimp.

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