EMILY’s List, Steyer’s Group Go Negative on Morganelli in PA-07

In PA-05, the Philadelphia Inquirer endorsed Mary Gay Scanlon.

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Ally Mutnick
May 3, 2018, 10:15 a.m.

Gov. Tom Wolf (D) scheduled the special congressional election to replace former Rep. Pat Meehan (R) to coincide with the general election on Nov. 6. “Wolf plans to handle any upcoming congressional retirements in the same manner unless they occur within 60 days of the general election,” his office said in a statement. (release)

That would include the election to replace Rep. Charlie Dent (R), who has said he will resign in May.

“The winner of the special election will serve until the end of 2018 and the winner of the general election will represent Dent’s newly redrawn district next term. “The candidates in the special election will be selected by their respective parties. With the primary over, party officials will know who voters have selected as nominees and can choose to run the same candidates in the special election — although they are not required to.” (Allentown Morning-Call)

PA-01: Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA 06) endorsed Navy veteran Rachel Reddick (D) in the race to face Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R). Reddick faces millionaire philanthropist Scott Wallace (D) in the Democratic primary. (Twitter)

PA-05: The Philadelphia Inquirer endorsed former Wallingford-Swarthmore School Board member Mary Gay Scanlon (D). “After 35 years as a lawyer, advocate, and community activist, she has a deep understanding of pressing national, state, and local issues,” the editorial board wrote. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

PA-07: EMILY’s List dropped a new ad hitting North Hampton District Attorney John Morganelli for opposing abortion rights and taking “thousands from an organization tied to an anti-immigrant hate group.” EMILY’s List is supporting former Allentown solicitor Susan Wild (D) and the ad is part of a six-figure television buy. “Morganelli even suggested he hoped to serve in Trump’s administration,” a narrator says in the 30-second spot. “If Morganelli won’t stand up to Trump, he can’t represent us.” (release)

Meanwhile, megadonor Tom Steyer’s NextGen America “is going negative in a House race in Pennsylvania” ahead of the May 15 primary. The digital ads hit Morganelli, who is “considered a top candidate in the race due to his high name recognition, but the group has taken issue with his anti-abortion rights and anti-illegal immigration stances. … The 10-second video shows an image of Morganelli with the text. ‘We can’t let this Pro-Trump candidate win our Dem primary. Stop Morganelli. VOTE May 15.’”

“The ad will be seen on Facebook and Instragram. NextGen will also send out mail pieces that are similar to the video. The group will spend about $100,000 in the district on its anti-Morganelli efforts.” (Roll Call)

“The only Republican debate in the race to replace … Dent revealed few issue differences between” Lehigh County Commissioner Marty Nothstein (R) and former Lehigh County Commissioner Dean Browning (R) “on Tuesday, but the candidates delivered some harsh zingers as they tried to cast each other as not aligned with President Donald Trump.” (Allentown Morning-Call)


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