(WBRE/WYOU) There is an interesting political scenario shaping up in Washington D.C.
Republican Congressman Lou Barletta thinking about making a bid for senate.
And the seat he is eyeing…Democratic Senator Bob Casey’s seat.
The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick spoke one on one with Barletta today
Senator Lou Barletta?. It could very well be..if he decides to run for senate next year.
and if he beats incumbent Democrat Bob Casey. There are a lot of if’s in the equation..
“I’ve been looking at it very seriously and talking to people all around the state. I’ll be making an announcement within a couple of weeks with what my decision will be.” Congressman Lou Barletta (R) 11th District
Barletta says President Trump has given him his full support.
Barletta was one of the first republican lawmakers to endorse Mr. Trump in 2016..
“The president is obviously talking with people across America and wanting to change Washington. He wants to work for blue collar hard working taxpayers. Jobs rather than those in Washington who are obstructing everything the president is trying to do.” Congressman Barletta told Eyewitness News.
The Democratic Party issued a statement on Monday on the match-up, it reads in part…
“Congressman Barletta is out of step with Pennsylvania values and in the pocket of D.C. Republicans and wealthy special interests.”
We spoke to people in Barletta’s hometown of Hazleton where he served as mayor. We stopped by Jimmy’s Quick Lunch where folks enjoyed the famous “Jimmy Chili Dogs” with a side order of politics.
“I think it’s great. He’s a good man for the job. I would support him. It’s a good idea.”
Said Scotty Benninger of Drums.
“I think it is a good idea. Lou has done a lot. So much for our community. I think he’d be good addition to this type of environment.” Added Alison Conlin of Drums.
The Democratic Party Released the following statement
Today, following Congressman Lou Barletta’s announcement that he’s running for Senate, Pennsylvania Democratic Party Spokesman Max Steele released the following statement:
“If Congressman Lou Barletta thinks voting to raise health care costs for seniors, gut protections for those with preexisting conditions, and send premiums skyrocketing will earn him a promotion, he’s in for a rude awakening. Congressman Barletta is out of step with Pennsylvania values and in the pocket of D.C. Republicans and wealthy special interests. That’s why he’s supported privatizing Social Security, voucherizing Medicare and a health care age tax for older Pennsylvanians.
“While Wall Street and wealthy special interests would love another Senator they can count on to do their bidding, Pennsylvania’s families and seniors need someone they can count on to fight for them. The commonwealth deserves better than Congressman Barletta.”