Trump Ally Lou Barletta Announces Bid For US Senate

Early Trump Supporter Rep. Lou Barletta Looks to Take Sen. Bob Casey's Seat

U.S. Representative Lou Barletta (R-Dist.11) ended the speculation early Tuesday morning and formally announced he's after Democratic US Senator Bob Casey Jr.'s seat.

"I wasn't born with a famous last name", Barletta said, in an apparent reference to Casey's father, the late Gov. Robert P. Casey.

Several Republicans have been waiting for Barletta to announce his decision, among them former Pennsylvania Secretary of Revenue Dan Meuser and state Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-Butler Township, who are reportedly both interested in seeking his House seat.

In a video posted to Twitter, Barletta said he had a "big announcement".

I don't see running for the Senate to represent Pennsylvania as an opportunity. "Congressman Barletta is out of step with Pennsylvania values and in the pocket of D.C. Republicans and wealthy special interests".

Barletta, 61, was an early Donald Trump supporter and first endorsed the president last March. "I see it as a responsibility", he concluded.

The Associated Press reported at the end of July that Barletta had told GOP officials and activists that he had made a decision to run for the Senate, but Barletta told the Times Leader as recently as Friday that he had not yet decided when to announce his intentions.

A campaign donation page for Casey describes the incumbent senator as a "critical firewall against President Trump" who is "facing one of the toughest races" in 2018.

Despite the fact that his lead was lower in 2012, the University of Virginia's Center for Politics rates the election as a likely Democratic win, based on the fact that Trump's approval rating is decreasing in the state.



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