The White House “is drawing up ambitious plans that will kick off next Thursday when” President Trump travels to” southwestern Pennsylvania to appear with” state Rep. Rick Saccone (R). “Vice President Mike Pence and an assortment of Cabinet officials are also expected to make trips; Pence may go twice ahead of the March 13 special election, two administration officials said. The White House has taken an especially keen interest in the race … during a Tuesday conference call between the Republican national party committees and the Saccone campaign, White House political director Bill Stepien expressed displeasure with” Saccone’s fundraising. “Stepien said Saccone wasn’t raising enough money and asked for an update on the campaign’s progress in the days to come.”
The “involvement underscores the high stakes confronting the administration as it approaches a midterm election in which the party’s hold on the House majority is in grave danger. A loss in the working class Pennsylvania district, which the president won by 20 percentage points, would show that few GOP seats are safe.” Democrats nominated former assistant U.S. Attorney Conor Lamb (D), a young and telegenic Marine veteran.
“Behind the scenes, the party is taking additional steps to prepare. The RNC has two field staffers on the ground and has begun executing a get-out-the-vote plan that was approved by the White House.” The NRCC “is still deliberating how much it will spend. The committee has met with Saccone on several occasions, including this week.” (Politico)
ON THE AIR. The 45Committee released a new ad bashing Lamb for coming out against the GOP tax bill. It’s part of a $500,000 buy and will run of TV, radio and digital platforms. “The liberal Conor Lamb would have stood with Nancy Pelosi and voted no” on tax cuts for middle class families. Saccone has a record of “fighting to lower taxes,” a narrator says in the 30-second ad. (Politico)