PA-6: Costello Won’t Attend Trump Lunch
Last 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.