My endorsements for the U.S. House of Representatives are all from eastern Pennsylvania. All but one are pro choice the exception being Paul Kanjorski. I endorse him because of the critically important work he is doing on financial reform. His vast experience and knowledge in these complicated policy areas has never been more important for the economic health of this nation. His leadership the past two years shepherding Wall Street reforms through his House subcommittee has led to sweeping new controls on bankers. The Kanjorski Amendment allowing the break up of the “too big to fail” banks could be strategically important in this vast foreclosure/investor fraud litigation beginning to sweep our state court systems.
Chaka Fattah is hero to all Pennsylvania liberals. Our staunchest and most consistent ally in Washington also has the character to go his own way as his conscience dictates. He is not part of the Philly machine.
Patrick Murphy is in another tough fight against former Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick. Veterans and LGBT folks have no stronger friend in Washington. He has led the fight against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and his gravitas as an Iraq War veteran has added greatly to those efforts.
Bryan Lentz is seeking Joe Sestak’s former seat. Another Iraq War veteran he is solidly progressive and a leader. In the State House he has forged his own path and bucked Party Leadership to vote his conscience. That isn’t easy to do but no one picks a fight with such a straight shooter as Lentz. He will bring much needed character to Washington.
Yet a third Iraq War veteran is running in the 6th CD. Manan Trivedi is the son of Indian immigrants who went to medical school then plied his trade serving in Iraq as a surgeon. Now he is running against conservative Jim Gerlach. Its time for a Democrat and a real progressive in a Democratic District.
The Lehigh Valley hasn’t seen a seriously funded Democrat in ages. Charlie Dent runs as a moderate though his voting record, like Gerlach’s, is anything but. John Callahan has raised enough money to give Dent a serious challenge. In spite of a bad campaign manager with no knowledge of the 15th CD he is coming on stronger in debates and is a solidly pro choice endorsement.
Update: And Lois Herr in the 16th!