PA-Sen: Fetterman Officially Announces Campaign
That was the main message the Braddock Mayor sent today as he jumped into the 2016 Democratic Senate primary.
Fetterman gave his announcement address from the roof of his home, a former car dealership that sits across the street from the town’s old steel mill.
As promised, the Pittsburgh Taco Truck was there as well as a bouncy castle.
The Mayor is an unique figure, Harvard-educated but so dedicated to his hometown that his zip code is tattooed on one of his arms. The other arm contains tattoos of every date in which there was a murder in Braddock under his tenure.
It’s clear Fetterman will be running on a populist platform.
“You can sum up why we have to take on this fight right now in just one word: inequality,” he explained. “It’s inequality in income. Inequality in wealth. Inequality in housing. Inequality in opportunity. Inequality in healthcare, even inequality in the air we breathe. We can’t just accept that this kind of inequality is just how it’s going to be.”
“Today, I am very humbled to announce that I am seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate,” Fetterman declared. “I would never pander to you by saying that I alone can fundamentally change Washington D.C., anymore than I could bring back the 14 furniture stores Braddock once had.”
“What I can promise you is that I will fight in a principled, collaborative way that my 14 years of service here in Braddock demonstrates and take our Braddock values to Washington, D.C.”
Fetterman will be facing former Chief of Staff to Gov. Wolf Katie McGinty and former Congressman Joe Sestak for the Democratic nomination. Incumbent GOP Senator Pat Toomey is running for re-election.