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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.”

Finello, who was backed by the Bucks County Democratic Party in the primary, coasted to the nomination after defeating Skylar Hurwitz by 55 points in the June primary. 

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).

14 Responses

    1. In response to the fake Targeted Turnout response, the real Targeted Turnout never worked for the Brian Fitzpatrick campaign. As for Adam Lester, he was part of the team that ran the field operation that help Congressman Fitzpatrick win his reelection against a Democrat that spent 13M of his own money. Moreover, the Brian Fitzpatrick was one of TWO Republicans in the entire country that cycle to win in a district won by Hillary. Fitzpatrick runs a great campaign and Adam Lester is one of the best field guys I have ever worked with.

      1. If only Pat had listen to Brian not to hire you Mike. We could have saved the commissioners.

        At least she’s listening to him this time. A real ground operation no drama about your fraudulent numbers and billing.

        1. Brian should have pressured Rob into not taking a cruise the week before election. But then again, Brian is also the guy that said anyone that worked for his brother is “f*ing disgusting.” And then proceeded to get into a drunken bar fight with a former staffer of his brother’s because he had the audacity to wear a Team Fitz fleece. Fortunately Brian upgraded to Patagonia fleece’s to make it clear which Fitzpatrick they came from.

          1. Don’t forget disloyal. He refers to them as “disgusting and disloyal.”

          2. Two summers ago, a good wind brought to my home the beautiful Oxana and the most bipartisan Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick.

            Brian is one of the top political mind’s in the country. He advises Kevin McCarthy.

            As for Target the Turnout they just don’t have the vision without guidance from Brian. I learned the hard way last year.

            It’s a shame they are on here taking credit for Brian’s 2018 Victory.

        2. Why hide behind a fake name? I’ll put my numbers up for anybody to see. Never any drama about our ground game. We came within 650 votes. How well did the neighboring counties do?

    1. Fake Sean Ryan.
      Get your own schtick creep. No one knows who Fantini is.
      Fitzpatrick by 12

      1. Fake fake Sean Ryan.
        Get your own schtick creep. Noone knows who you are.
        Finello by 2.

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