PA1: DCCC Adds Finello to Red to Blue Program
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is ready to invest in this Philadelphia suburban district.
According to a release on Thursday morning, the DCCC added Christina Finello to its “Red to Blue” program. The Ivyland Borough Councilwoman, who is the Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District, was added to the DCCC’s program due to her “surpassing aggressive goals for grassroots engagement, local support, campaign organization, and fundraising,” plus having a “strong record of service, an authentic message that connects with voters in her district, and deep ties to the communities she aims to serve,” according to a release.
“As a fifth-generation Pennsylvanian, Christina Finello knows the issues her neighbors face every day – like unaffordable health care and how tough it is to find good-paying jobs – because she’s lived them herself. That’s why, in Congress, she’ll make sure that all working people in her district come first,” said DCCC Chairwoman Cheri Bustos. “With her deep roots in Lower Bucks County and a district trending rapidly toward Democrats, momentum is on Christina’s side. I look forward to welcoming her to Congress next year where I know she’ll be a champion for all people in Bucks and Montgomery counties.”
She faces Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) for the seat in the fall.
Fitzpatrick is currently in his second term in Congress representing the Philadelphia suburban district. He bested pro-Trump Republican Andrew Meehan in the 2020 GOP primary by 27 points, which is a closer victory than his 2018 GOP primary win over pro-Trump Republican Dean Malik by 34 points. In the general election, Fitzpatrick defeated Democrat Scott Wallace by just over 2.5 points in the November midterm.
During the 2018 campaign, the DCCC added Wallace into its “red to blue” program in June.
Finello joins Eugene DePasquale, the state’s Auditor General who is running in PA’s 10th Congressional District, as the second Democrat in the DCCC’s “Red to Blue” program.
The National Republican Congressional Committee’s equivalent program, “Young Guns Program,” currently has three GOP challengers from Pennsylvania. Sean Parnell, a combat veteran and conservative author who is the GOP nominee for the 17th Congressional District, was awarded “Young Gun” status in May. Lisa Scheller, a former Lehigh County Commissioner and businesswoman who is the GOP candidate for the 7th Congressional District, is a “contender” in the “Young Gun” program. Jim Bognet, a former Trump administration appointee running in the 8th Congressional District, is “on the radar” in the “Young Gun” program.
A slew of internal polls have been released this summer about this matchup. Two Democratic backed polls were released in June that showed Finello within striking distance of Fitzpatrick. One poll commissioned by the Finello campaign from Public Policy Polling of likely voters from June 10-11 showed Fitzpatrick edging out Finello by 2 points, 40-to-38, with 21 percent undecided. The other poll commissioned by House Majority PAC from Victoria Research of registered voters between June 7-14 had Fitzpatrick leading Finello by 1 point, 45-to-44.
However, an internal poll commissioned by the Fitzpatrick campaign from Public Opinion Strategies on Thursday morning shows the GOP incumbent leading Finello by 14 points, 53-to-39.
Several ratings outlets currently have the race as Leans Republican in the 1st Congressional District.
Fitzpatrick is one of three Pennsylvania Republicans being targeted by the DCCC’s initial 2020 list, along with Reps. Mike Kelly (R-Butler) and Scott Perry (R-York).