That’s the report from Nathan L. Gonzalez of Roll Call, who also moved their rating from Republican Favored to Safe Republican.
“They [DCCC] thought that had a top-tier recruit in Mike Parrish, a businessman, military veteran, and former Republican,” Gonzalez writes. “But nearly halfway through the cycle, Parrish’s campaign has floundered and Democratic strategists are moving on and searching for another candidate.”
Parrish first decided to run for the seat in 2014 and initially had the DCCC’s support in that contest, but a combination of a number of factors (the retirement of Rep. Gerlach, the entrance of Manan Trivedi, Parrish’s Republican past) led to him dropping out.
In June, Parrish announced that he was running in 2016 while the DCCC stood on the sidelines. It looked like he would face a primary opponent in West Whiteland Township Supervisor Joe Denham until Denham bowed out.
Now Gonzalez is suggesting that the Democratic establishment is still looking for an alternative.
PoliticsPA reached out to the Parrish campaign and the DCCC but have yet to hear back.
The NRCC, however, wasted no time celebrating this revelation.
“If the DCCC brass wants to take out Ryan Costello, maybe they should start with finding an actual candidate,” NRCC Regional Press Secretary Chris Pack stated. “While Democrats are scrambling to figure out their backup plan, Ryan Costello will continue bringing accountability to the Philly VA, passing long-term transportation bills and fighting to keep our country safe from terrorist attacks.”