By Carole on May 7, 2010
Remember Candidate Barack Obama's opinion of people in small town Pennsylvania? He made it very clear at a 2008 San Fransisco fundraiser when he said, "You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania...they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion." (source) Call it revenge of the clingers - in eleven days the Obama machine is about to be seriously jammed by those small town Pennsylvanians and one native son who wants to bring real hope and change to the area.
In the state's 12th Congressional District where Democrats hold a roughly 2-1 registration edge, Republican Businessman Tim Burns is ahead of his Democratic opponent Mark Critz by 6 points in the latest poll. The special election on May 18 will determine who fills the seat vacated by the late US Representative John Murtha and the race is considered to be a bellwether for the Obama agenda between now and the all-important mid-term elections in November.
"This district is ground zero for Democrats," said Dave Wasserman, who follows congressional races for The Cook Political Report. "They have a problem with their own base." (source) The fact that both national parties are pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into the campaign further proves just how much is riding on the results.
Mr. Burns' background as a self-made millionaire who created jobs and knows what it takes to make a payroll is in sharp contrast to Mr. Critz, a former Murtha aide who spent years helping the congressman earn the nickname 'The King of Pork". Mr. Burns is calling for lower taxes and the repeal of Obamacare while a Critz victory would mean a continuation of the Murtha model.
At a recent fundraiser Mr. Burns declared, "This year, we have mobilized millions of people from all over the country, and they are ready to take back this country. It's going to start right here, right now in this district on May 18." (source) Go Clingers!
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