Redistricting Brinksmanship from Altmire Camp?
By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor
By now, the scenarios are well known. Most redistricting observers are expecting an intra-party matchup between Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Allegheny) and Rep. Mark Critz (D-Cambria), but it’s also conceivable that the new map will lump Altmire’s North Hills home into the Pittsburgh-based district of Rep. Mike Doyle.
All three congressmen have been remarkably cool about the possibility. So far we’ve seen none of the drama that surrounded last decade’s process, when former Rep. Frank Mascara accusing Rep. Jack Murtha of complicity with GOP redistricting plans and campaigning in Mascara’s district before the lines were drawn.
But a statement from the Altmire camp this morning caught our eye. They had already announced his Q3 numbers earlier this month.
“U.S. Congressman Jason Altmire has officially filed his third quarter fundraising report. The campaign reported raising $388.166.38 during the quarter and has $736,939.31 cash-on-hand for the period ending September 30. The campaign reports raising $957,391.83 this cycle to date,” the statement read.
Then, his campaign wrote this (emphasis added).
“Altmire’s $736,939.31 cash-on-hand exceeds the total cash-on-hand of fellow western Pennsylvania Democratic Congressmen Mike Doyle and Mark Critz combined.”