It’s unclear who Donald Trump will back in the GOP race for Congress in Northeast Pa., if anyone, but the former President met with one candidate this week.
Teddy Daniels, a wounded Army combat veteran who finished 2nd in the crowded GOP primary for the 8th District in 2020, sent out a tweet and fundraising email announcing that he met with Trump earlier that afternoon at Trump National Golf Course.
“Great afternoon with President Trump and Congressman Jody Hice, Chair of the House Freedom Caucus at Trump National Golf Course. Had a great talk with President Trump. Was nice meeting Ivanka Trump, too. @JodyHice @IvankaTrump @DanScavino,” Daniels wrote in a tweet on Tuesday evening.
Great afternoon with President Trump and Congressman Jody Hice, Chair of the House Freedom Caucus at Trump National Golf Course. Had a great talk with President Trump. Was nice meeting Ivanka Trump, too. @JodyHice @IvankaTrump @DanScavino pic.twitter.com/okMvrL4Wrf
— Teddy Daniels for Congress (@DanielsCongress) June 30, 2021
Daniels didn’t respond to PoliticsPA’s request for comment about seeking additional information about the visit.
On his campaign website, Daniels describes himself as a “Pro-Trump America First Combat Veteran Who Won’t Back Down.”
Daniels has been endorsed by Treasurer Stacy Garrity, state Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Franklin), Kimberly Klacik, a former GOP Congressional candidate in Maryland’s 7th District, former state Senate and state Rep. candidate Frank Scavo, Firearm Owners Against Crime (FOAC), and more.
So far Daniels is currently the lone GOP candidate to file for the 8th Congressional District against Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna), although it’s unlikely he will have a clear path to the nomination.
Jim Bognet, a former Trump administration appointee who lost to Cartwright for the 8th Congressional District by 3.6 points in 2020, told Breitbart this month that he’s “strongly, strongly considering” challenging Cartwright again.
Cartwright is one of three Pennsylvania Democrats included on the NRCC’s initial 2022 target list.
Cartwright earned his fifth term in Congress in 2020, while Trump bested Joe Biden by just under 4.5 points in the NEPA seat. Cartwright is the lone Pa. Democrat in the state to represent a district Trump won last year.
However, Pennsylvania will lose a seat after redistricting, making it difficult for any challenger and incumbent to accurately size up their 2022 prospects.