State Representative Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh) announced this morning he is challenging Congressman Charlie Dent (R-Lehigh) in the Republican primary next year. The challenge sets up a race between Simmons’ pro-Trump positions and Dent’s moderate positions.
“I have a proven conservative record of fighting for limited government. Republicans deserve a new conservative voice committed to repealing the failed polices of the Obama era and support common-sense conservative policies voters sent Republicans to pass. I intend to give them that new voice,” Simmons said in a release announcing his candidacy.
Simmons went after Dent’s moderate positions in his announcement.
“Like many Republicans, I used to support Charlie Dent. But in the past year, Charlie Dent has completely gone off the rails. Dent has been on the wrong side of every major issue from ObamaCare, spending, border security and the list goes on,” Simmons said.
Update: Dent pointed to Simmons’ record in Harrisburg in his response to the announcement.
“The voters of the 15th Congressional district know that I have always served as a strong and independent voice carrying their concerns to Washington. I look forward to Justin’s failed record in Harrisburg and his long history of misleading the people he was elected to represent being fully exposed,” Dent said in an email.
You can view Simmons’ announcement video below.