Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Conor Lamb (D) “said that if elected, he would like to see House Democrats replace Nancy Pelosi as their leader.”
Lamb: “I think it’s clear that this Congress is not working for people. I think we need new leadership on both sides.”
“Lamb, for his part, also sought to turn the attack on his” rival, state Rep. Rick Saccone (R).
“The real issue here is not Nancy Pelosi: It’s [current speaker of the House] Paul Ryan. He’s the one who has declared that he’s coming after Medicaid and Social Security,” Lamb said. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
ON THE STUMP. Vice President Mike Pence “is planning to visit western Pennsylvania later this month to help … Saccone” ahead of the “March 13 congressional special election.” (Wall Street Journal)
BY THE NUMBERS. A new Gravis Marketing poll (Jan. 3-5; 512 LVs; +/- 4.3%) of the race showed Saccone leading by 12 points, taking 46 percent of the vote to Lamb’s 34 percent with 20 percent still undecided. President Trump’s favorability was at 53 percent and his job approval is at 54 percent, according to the survey (IVR + Live Caller). (release)