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Pro-Social Security & Medicare Org Endorses Critz

By Tara Jerry, Contributing Writer

It may not mean much in the way of contributions or grassroots muscle, but it’s sure to look good on campaign literature and ads.

In the intensifying Democratic primary race for the new 12th congressional district, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM) endorsed Rep. Mark Critz, his campaign announced Thursday.

Rep. Critz is battling Rep. Jason Altmire in the upcoming primary after their districts were combined following redistricting last year.  The 12th district includes the two counties – Beaver and Westmoreland – with the highest enrollment in Medicare Advantage in the nation.

“Protecting and strengthening Social Security and Medicare has been a top priority for me in Congress and this endorsement demonstrates that I am the only candidate in this race who is fully committed to protecting these benefits for seniors and future generations,” Critz said in a statement. “I will continue to stand up to those in Congress who would destroy these vital programs through risky schemes like privatization and gimmicky constitutional amendments.”

The statement released by the Critz campaign also notes that he “opposed the Republican Balanced Budget Amendment that would have led to massive cuts in Social Security and Medicare” while his opponent, Rep. Altmire, voted for the amendment.

The endorsement comes just a few weeks after Critz picked up huge endorsements from the United Steelworkers Union, United Mine Workers, and the Laborers District Council of Western PA.

These endorsements are a major boost for the Critz campaign following the recent release of fourth quarter fundraising numbers for 2011:  Rep. Altmire reported $386,796 more cash on hand at the end of the year than Rep. Critz.  In addition, internal polling a few weeks ago from the Altmire campaign showed a 16-point advantage over Rep. Critz.

2 Responses

  1. Bob—

    One significant reason there is challenges is because the government and BOTH parties have raided the social security trust fund from every president since LBJ.

    Somehow they forgot that when you take or borrow money, you have to pay it back.

  2. Democrats can be counted on, consistently, to defend status quo on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and bankrupt The Forgotten Taxpayer. Unfortunately, voters dependent on government allow themselves the delusion that this can work. Kicking the Entitlement Reform down the road causes the kids to pay for this narcissistic Progressive give a way.

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