People around the country are getting prepared to see an absolute political dogfight in the 2018 Midterm Elections, and that is just as true in the heart of Trump-country as it is in Los Angeles. One election that has taken on renewed energy is that of the Pennsylvania Congressional race which features newcomer Democrat Conor Lamb and old-school Republican Rick Saccone. While Lamb is far from a household name, especially at a young age, he just received a boost in the arm in the form of an endorsement from End Citizens United.
End Citizens United is a political action committee that has been integral in terms of invigorating the resistance movement that has cropped up since the election of Donald Trump. However, End Citizens United isn’t solely an anti-Trump committee, they are a progressive movement that harnesses grassroots energy in order to enact change at the highest levels of the government. Specifically, End Citizens United is interested in endorsing candidates who are willing to champion campaign finance reform in an effort to overturn the controversial 2010 Supreme Court decision surrounding Citizens United. Conor Lamb is one of those progressives who is willing to take a swing at campaign finance reform and that earned him an endorsement.
Conor Lamb has his work cut out for him in what has always been deeply Republican country. Rick Saccone, a staunch Republican, is fighting to take the place of disgraced Republican Tim Murphy, who was forced to resign after it was revealed that he tried to force a woman he had been having an extramarital affair with to have an abortion — this was particularly damning seeing as Murphy is a staunch anti-abortion activist.
Donald Trump has already taken to Twitter in order to stump for Saccone but that hasn’t always been a good thing. Lamb and End Citizens United can point to Alabama, where Trump endorsed disgraced Republican Roy Moore, in order to see that the President’s word isn’t always a signifier of success. In fact, since Trump has taken office there have been 34 state seats that have flipped Blue to go along with a governor’s seat and a Senate seat. End Citizens United and Conor Lamb are looking to push forward with this Blue Wave as the 2018 Midterm Elections start to gather momentum. ECU and Lamb know they have a ton of work ahead of them but the possibility for an upset is there.
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