At a time when establishment candidates are not exactly popular, Katie McGinty’s two Democratic primary opponents are painting her as the establishment’s pick for the 2016 Senate nomination.
Now America Rising, a conservative video tracking group, has released a video of Braddock Mayor John Fetterman acknowledging that McGinty is the unofficial choice of the party establishment.
The Mayor was asked about his relationship with the state party and whether they were already backing someone.
“No, they haven’t officially backed anybody,” he answers. “I think unofficially one of my opponents, Katie McGinty, is kind of being shuffled around as the [inaudible] candidate, but I don’t expect to be the leadership’s choice. I don’t look like the party leadership’s choice, I’ve never played that kind of role, you know, I never have in my community and I’m not going to play it in this election.”
“I think if you compare a lot of the things that we’ve accomplished here in Braddock, and compare to the fact that I’m the only person in this race that has constituents, you know, and again, I’ve raised more money than Joe Sestak or Katie McGinty, the difference is those funds went to build up my community – not into my campaign coffers,” Fetterman continues. “If I’d been doing this for the last seven years like Joe Sestak has or, you know, Katie McGinty, I’d be sitting on a big war chest of funds too.”
“I’m taking this grassroots, just the way my other election was in Braddock and, you know, 1,000 donors is well ahead of Katie McGinty, and it’s like [inaudible] we have this grassroots campaign, and to me that’s the most important thing,” he concludes. “Win or lose, if I do it with integrity and from a grassroots perspective, you know, no matter what the final vote is I feel like I can’t lose.”
The 1,000 donors Fetterman refers to are from the preliminary Q3 numbers that his campaign released on Tuesday.
America Rising wasted no time trying to further drive a wedge between the Democratic combatants.
“Pennsylvania is the latest senate primary to become a headache for national Democrats,” said America Rising PAC Press Secretary Amelia Chassé. “With almost six months to go until primary day, the divide between grassroots voters and establishment elites is deepening and the Democrat-on-Democrat attacks are ramping up, which spells trouble for the Party insiders’ candidate, Katie McGinty.”
The three Democrats are competing to take on freshman Republican Senator Pat Toomey.
UPDATE: Mike Mikus of the McGinty campaign sent the following response to PoliticsPA:
“It only makes sense that Pat Toomey’s right-wing attack machine would try to distract from Toomey’s extreme record. While Katie is focused on her plan to protect and create new jobs for Pennsylvania families, Sen. Toomey continues to play reckless political games, this week by voting to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood. ”