2010 Dent Challenger Considering Run

Greg Edwards suggested the DCCC tried to push him out of the race for John Callahan.

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Ally Mutnick
March 7, 2018, 10:21 a.m.

PA-07: Former Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan (D), “who ran unsuccessfully against” Rep. Charlie Dent (R) “in 2010, under an old version of the district boundaries,” said “he is considering whether to launch a congressional bid and plans to decide in the coming days. He declined to say whether he has talked with the DCCC or to weigh in on the committee’s involvement in the primary.”

The campaign of Allentown pastor Greg Edwards (D) said DCCC staffer Tim Persico touted Callahan to him in a meeting where the committee was trying to meddle in the primary. “Persico questioned the ability of Edwards — who had led the field of Democrats in year-end fundraising reports — to raise enough money and suggested … Callahan — would have strong fundraising abilities, according to the campaign.” (Allentown Morning Call)

Meanwhile, Edwards got an endorsement from “the nearly 45,000-member Service Employees International Union Healthcare Pennsylvania.” (Allentown Morning Call)

PA-16: Marine veteran Ron DiNicola (D) has begun circling petitions to run for the newly drawn district in Northwestern Pennsylvania. The incumbent is Rep. Mike Kelly (R) and the district leans Republican. DiNicola has roots in Erie and is a winner of the All-Marine boxing title. He decided against a professional career in boxing to go to law school. His longtime client was Muhammad Ali. (release)


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