From Your Local Election HQ: Race for the 12th Congressional District


(WBRE/WYOU-TV)    The May primary is a week away.

     Voters in Pennsylvania will head to the polls to choose the person they want to fill various public offices.

     It is also Special Election Day in the 12th congressional district.

     The seat was left open after the unexpected resignation of longtime incumbent Republican Tom Marino.

     He stepped down for personal reasons.

     The race was ramped up with word yesterday that president trump will campaign Monday for the 


     Lead I-Team Reporter Andy Mehalshick reports from your local election headquarters..  

  “I think that the president’s visit really highlights the trouble that Fred Keller’s campaign is in, and Republicans in Pennsylvania are in. They need reinforcements” Said Marc Friedenberg, Democratic Candidate for 12th Congressional District.  Friendberg isn’t pulling any punches. He ties his criticism of the trump agenda directly to Keller. Who is a vocal supporter of the president’s policies.

  “The economic agenda that President Trump has adopted, especially with these tariffs that we are getting into this retaliatory trade war, just aren’t working for us,” Noted Friedenberg.  

Keller is not shying away from his support of Trump. Both say voting for a Democrat candidate is voting for socialism.

  “I think the president and his policies are what has been working. Making sure American families have good family-sustaining jobs. Wage growth which we are seeing under this president’s policies,” Said Fred Keller- (R) Candidate 12th Congressional District

 Keller had this message for voters in the 12th district…which is heavily Republican “I know that you don’t want big massive government programs like the ‘green new deal’ and socialized medicine. You want to be able to define your government and not have it define you.”

  “Oh, Mr. Trump is coming for 2020. He’s not going to be coming for Mr. Keller!” Political Analyst David Yonki believes that the visit from President Trump is about making sure the state which flipped for him in 2016 – stays with him in 2020.

  “I think the president realizes that he has to build up majorities in places like the 12th District which is heavily Republican. I said it a thousand times. He only won Pennsylvania by 44,000 votes.”

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