PA-02: Former Philadelphia City Councilman Bill Green (D) filed with the FEC to challenge Rep. Brendan Boyle (D) in the newly drawn district. (FEC)
PA-04: Braddock Mayor John Fetterman (D), who is running for lieutenant governor, and former Gov. Ed Rendell (D) endorsed state Rep. Madeleine Dean (D). Dean ended her bid for lieutenant governor to run for the seat. (Twitter)
PA-07: State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie (R) ended his campaign for retiring Rep. Charlie Dent’s (R) seat. In a statement, he attributed to the decision to the recent court-ordered redistricting. “Prior to the change, Mackenzie had been considered a strong contender to succeed Dent. Still, Mackenzie’s decision was not unexpected. Rumors began circulating last week that he was debating whether to end his congressional campaign.” (Allentown Morning-Call)
Pastor Greg Edwards (D), “is accusing the” DCCC “of undermining his campaign and trying to nudge him out of the race in favor of white candidates.” He said the committee “had approached local Democrats to ask whether he could be persuaded to seek another office. … Tim Persico, a DCCC operative, had indeed asked local Democrats if Edwards, or” ex-Allentown solicitor Susan Wild (D), “might leave the crowded primary to run for state Senate in a district where Hillary Clinton had run strongly but the party had struggled to recruit solid candidates.”
“The DCCC pushed back on Edwards’s claims, saying that the unique situation in Pennsylvania, where a court struck down a gerrymandered map and created 18 new districts just weeks before party primaries, prompted them to ask several candidates if they might run instead for offices further down the ballot.” (Washington Post)
PA-10: Former congressional aide Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson (D) was running against Rep. Scott Perry (R) since before court-ordered redistricting made the race more competitive. She received a call from 2016 PA-16 nominee Christina Hartman (D), before she jumped into the race. She “noted that it would take enormous resources to unseat” Perry. “She then assured Corbin-Johnson, who has struggled to raise funds, that she would be welcome ‘on her team’ if Hartman wins the nomination. … Corbin-Johnson and her team interpreted Hartman’s call as, essentially, a proposal to Corbin-Johnson that if she dropped out, she could get a job on Hartman’s campaign.” (Huffington Post)
THE CASE. “As federal courts consider Republican efforts to block Pennsylvania’s new map of Congressional districts, one of the primary issues the judges will have to decide is: When is it too late to change? … Experts say that as time goes by, the principle increasingly favors keeping things as they are now — with the lines drawn by the state Supreme Court’s Democratic majority.” (Allentown Morning Call)
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In a lengthy Facebook post, Mark Zuckerberg responded to reports that Cambridge Analytica had accessed the personal data of 50 million users, and kept the data after being told by the social media company to delete it. "I started Facebook," wrote Zuckerberg, "and at the end of the day I'm responsible for what happens on our platform ... While this specific issue involving Cambridge Analytica should no longer happen with new apps today, that doesn't change what happened in the past." On Monday, Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, called for “Mr. Zuckerberg and other CEOs” to testify "about social media manipulation in the 2016 election."