Democratic Congressional candidates Rick Daugherty and Jackson Eaton debated last evening at Lebanon Valley College. They are challenging incumbent Republican Charles Dent in the newly reconfigured District. The 15th traditionally covered the Lehigh Valley and included two precincts in Berks County the last decade. Now it reaches into Lebanon County which was in the 17th (Holden). The CD was designed to be more Republican in order to protect Dent.
Rick Daugherty is a social worker for the Lehigh County Department of Aging and Chair of the Lehigh County Democratic Party (he has stepped down to run in this primary). Eaton is an attorney who recently switched from being a Republican. Neither candidate strike sme as a progressive after listening to last evening debate but I plan on interviewing each of them shortly and we’ll dig further into the issues.
One statement by Daugherty struck me when he said that 40% of federal spending is borrowed money. That would mean that out of a trillion dollar budget we’d borrow $400 billion. That isn’t true. I don’t know if he misspoke or what.