PA-6: Ryan Costello Challenges Manan Trivedi to “Friendly” Wager
Ryan Costello, the Republican candidate in Pennsylvania’s 6th District, challenged his opponent, Democrat Manan Trivedi, to a friendly wager for this Sunday’s Philadelphia Eagles football game.
Costello wagered that if the Philadelphia Eagles lose on Sunday, he would bring a case of craft beer from Pennsylvania’s Victory Brewing to Trivedi’s campaign office. On the flipside, if Washington loses, Trivedi would bring a case of DC Brau to Costellos campaign office.
The not-exactly-so friendly wager is inspired by one of Costello’s favorite attacks; that he lives in the Philly area, while Trivedi does not. Costello asserts that while he has lived in the Philadelphia area for his entire life, Trivedi owns a home in Washington D.C. and 95 percent of his income last year came from DC hospitals and health consulting firms.
The email from Costello to Trivedi reads,
Although we are entering the final few weeks of campaign season, the NFL football season is just getting underway. I thought it might be a refreshing break to make a friendly political wager on this weekend’s upcoming Eagles-Washington game.
As someone who has lived and worked in the Philadelphia area my entire life, I am a die-hard Eagles fan. I am so confident in an Eagles victory that if — by some stroke of bad luck — Washington beats Philadelphia, I will bring a case of Pennsylvania’s own Victory Beer — made a few miles from my home in Chester County– to your campaign office.
Conversely, I know that you own a home in the heart of Washington and your filings with the Clerk of the House of Representatives show you earned 95 percent of your income last year — and 100 percent this year — from DC hospitals and health consulting firms. Heck, your main employer, the Washington Hospital Center, was the longtime “official hospital” of Washington’s NFL team and lists you on their website as a doctor of internal medicine.
So, if your Washington team loses, you would owe me a case of a craft beer from Washington, DC, such as DC Brau or Capitol City Brewing.
Cheers! And may the best team (the Eagles) win!
It seems worth pointing out that the campaign never uses Washington’s team name, “Redskins” which has come under fire recently. Also, they technically play in Maryland but that’s neither here nor there.
In addition to the friendly wager, though, Costello also picked up the endorsement of former Eagle offensive tackle Jon Runyan, who played with the Eagles from 2002 to 2008. After playing for the Eagles, Runyan was elected to represent New Jersey’s 3rd District in Congress in 2010, a seat he will retire from after this Congressional session.
The race between Costello and Trivedi in the 6th District is for an open seat. Current Congressman Jim Gerlach (R) announced his retirement in early January. Trivedi previously ran on the Democratic ticket for the seat in 2010 and 2012, losing by a margin of nearly 15 percent both times.
The 6th District is located in eastern Pennsylvania and includes portions of Chester, Berks, Lebanon, and Montgomery Counties.