I can boil this race down to one sentence: Matt Cartwright is a good man and Tim Holden isn’t.
We saw the real Tim Holden last week when he made a huge mistake. In an ad created by Joe Trippi Associates Holden accused Cartwright of buying a trial verdict through a campaign contribution to a Judge. It showed how low he was willing to go to smear an opponent and also showed his laziness in ascertaining facts. None of this is new for Holden.
When the media uncovered the facts here’s what they found: Cartwright, a frequent and generous contributor to Democrats for many years, gave a campaign contribution to a Judge, in later years convicted of corruption, four years before a jury decided a case for one of his clients. The woman had been misdiagnosed with cancer, something a simple urine test would have revealed, and underwent seven months of chemotherapy. A jury awarded her $3 million.
The case underscored Cartwright’s work for the people, those being hurt by other’s mistakes. Holden has supported tort reform which would have prevented this victim from seeking justice. Then he tried using guilt by association to smear Cartwright. Had he done just a bit of research he would have discovered it was a jury verdict which had nothing to do with the judge presiding over the case. He would have discovered the contribution was four years before the trial.
Tim Holden has a sorry record of mis-stating facts. He continues to insist, for example, that he voted against ObamaCare because it cut Medicare. It did not. He lives in his own fantasy world where voting with George W. Bush 60% of the time means you’re a Democrat. I know a woman (That Woman! a nickname she got for standing up against Holden) who, as a former constituent, got a phone call from the Congressman over her stand against his vote for the Iraq War. He screamed at her on the call calling her “That Woman!
This controversy told us all we need to know about the two men running for the 17th Congressional seat. Matt Cartwright is a good man and Tim Holden isn’t.
I got a glimpse of who Cartwright is yesterday at his rally in Easton. A marching band drum section, for some strange reason, took up playing their instruments in the middle of his speech. (They were there for a rally following his) Matt didn’t go ballistic, he simply stood there quietly while they were silenced by people in his crowd then made a joke about it. Watch it on the video.