We’re getting close to the our lofty goal of raising 50K for candidates; but commenters said Cole is ambitious, and commenters are honorable men.
Since the best defense is a good offense, I’d like to introduce a recent non-incumbent addition to our ActBlue list…John Callahan is running in one of the most competitive Congressional Districts in the country, Pennsylvania’s 15th which consists of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton. This district is rated a D+2 (48% D, 36% R, 16% I or unaffiliated), but has a three term Republican, Charlie Dent. Dent is in office largely because he’s never had a real challenger before having outspent the last two by a margin of 12-1 in 2006 and 2-1 in 2008, even though Obama won the district by 13 points. This will not happen this time because Callahan has virtually matched Dent in fundraising (in the July FEC, they both had about $1 million cash on hand). Only LA-2 (D+25) and HI-1 (D+11) are higher rated D PVI district’s with republican incumbents, but those districts are so blue that it’s basically a write off. PA-15 is the best shot we have to win a Red to Blue seat in the whole country and continue going on the offense against a Bush-era Republican.
Like most Bush Republicans, Congressman Dent has been there for the GOP every time they’ve needed him. He voted against equal pay for women in the Lilly Ledbetter bill, against Healthcare Reform, supports Bush tax cuts to millionaires, voted to allow taxpayer funded Wall Street CEO bonuses, and voted for the largest cut to student financial aid in history. He even voted against allowing widows and orphan of troops to receive full benefits. He’s everything that’s wrong with the GOP and we have a chance to help knock him off.
Callahan isn’t a blue dog either. He publicly supported the Recovery Act, the Healthcare bill, Wall Street Reform and supports marriage equality.
Callahan is the mayor of Bethlehem, PA. A Callahan from central Pennsylvania steel country, that sure ought to give Chris Matthews a tingle up his leg.