Today, in Congress the Republicans control the House and the Senate and to add to that the executive office of the presidency is occupied by a Republican. In order for the government to operate in the best democratic manner, it needs not to be monopolized by a single party. Democrats are making moves to change that. Conor Lamb is running for the House seat vacated by Republican Tim Murphy against the Republican candidate, Rick Saccone for the Pennsylvania Congressional position.
Conor Lamb is a former marine and a former assistant U.S. attorney. At only 33 years of age, he contrasts dramatically from his opponent the conservative state rep, the 59 year old Rick Saccone. To date, Lamb has gotten the endorsement of End Citizens United, a federal Political Action Committee determined to reform the campaign finance system. The donors that support End Citizens United are only grass roots donors. They operate without the contributions of corporations or super wealthy individuals like to Koch brothers. The Daily Kos is also endorsing Lamb. The Daily Kos is a liberal political blog.
As a result of their backing, Lamb has agreed to only accept donations from unions and small contributions from individuals. The Republican Party is fighting back with the big guns. President Trump and the 45Committee ran a negative ad against Lamb charging he was against the Republican tax cut bill that recently passed. That was a $500,000 campaign. Saccone also has the conservative group, End Spending putting $1 million in advertising to promote him as a candidate. The Vice President, Mike Pence, President Trump and House Speaker, Paul Ryan have all volunteered some kind of assistance on behalf of Saccone.
End Citizens United raised $600,000 for Alabama senate candidate, Doug Jones in 2017. To date, End Citizens United has raised about $49,000. Lamb is garnering support from the heavily unionized communities in the 18th District. What does Lamb stand for? He is backing the following:
- Using the pending infrastructure bill to create union and non-union jobs
- Protecting union workers and union pay
- Protect Medicare and Social Security
- Utilize more Medicaid dollars to fund health care treatments for opiod addicts (Lamb believes in providing more federal funds for rehabilitation facilities with longer stays and additional treatment afterwards.
Lamb is from an Irish-Catholic family from Mt. Lebanon, PA, a suburb of south Pittsburgh. His grandfather, Thomas Lamb was the Democratic Majority Leader of Pennsylvania’s Senate, highlighting the long history his family has with supporting the Democratic Party. Lamb is currently behind in funding for his bid for office, but he is gaining the support of the Pennsylvania voters despite the financial deficiencies. Still, the DNC may decide to add to his campaign. Currently, the DNC has only contributed $10,000. Hopefully, the DNC will contribute much more as the date for the election nears on March 13, 2018.
— End Citizens United (@StopBigMoney) February 1, 2018
Please read “How To Reverse Citizens United, ” for more.