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Obama touts Lentz in the 7th

Obama touts Lentz in the 7th

President Obama threw his weight behind Democrat Bryan Lentz’s congressional campaign Thursday, giving Lentz his highest-profile supporter to date.

While Obama’s support for Democratic hopefuls is generally assumed, it’s more rare for him to issue individual endorsements to House candidates. Lentz was one of the first elected officials in Pennsylvania to back Obama’s bid for the White House.

“With so much still left to be done, and too many families struggling to get by, we need to keep America moving forward—which means I need you to support Bryan Lentz for Congress,” Obama said in a statement. “You can go door to door to ask folks to support Bryan. You can make calls to voters in your area, and make sure they get to the polls. And you can spread the word about the importance of voting for Bryan Lentz to your family, friends, and neighbors.”

Lentz, a two-term state lawmaker, faces Republican Pat Meehan and independent Jim Schneller in the 7th District, which is currently No. 1 on the Congressional Power Rankings.

“If Republicans win in November, their agenda is simple: take us backward to the failed policies of the last decade,” Obama said. “We cannot let that happen, and that’s why we all need to fight to get Bryan Lentz to Washington, to keep America—and Pennsylvania—moving forward.”

September 16, 2010 at 4:12 pm

--Dan Hirschhorn

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  1. Whoop De Do

    Sep 16th, 2010

    Not nearly as exciting as you make it sound. Same exact email – word for word – went out for

    Kanjorski, Clyburn, Shea-Porter, Jim Himes, etc

  2. michael livingston

    Sep 16th, 2010

    This should convince anybody who wasn’t already convinced to vote for Meehan.

  3. Tony Soprano

    Sep 16th, 2010

    I’m sure the 4.45% of voters that still approve of Obama’s job performance will now be voting for Lentz instead of Meehan.

  4. anon

    Sep 17th, 2010

    And you three are all holding your breath from a McCain endorsement for Meehan?

  5. Rick

    Sep 17th, 2010

    After seeing the Tea Party candidates do quite well from Alaska to New York and Delaware, I am convinced that Schneller will get more than 5% here. He gets that from just being on the ballot. Those votes come directly out of Meehan’s numbers.

    Thus, I see a race where the winner gets less than 50% here.

    Obama polls well in the 7th and other northeast suburbs. His poll numbers are terrible in the south and other red states which brings the National numbers way down.

    So, this endorsement, while completely expected, is a good thing. I would also expect Obama to come to the 7th before E day.

    Also, with Sestak at the top of the ticket, Dem turnout will be higher in the 7th than any other CD in the state.

    Don’t fool yourself, this will be a close race.

  6. Frustrated in PA-08

    Sep 17th, 2010

    Meehan is a RINO and is almost as bad as FitzFlop in PA-08. At least Meehan does not have a past voting record of supporting things like Cap and Trade, Card Check, and no defunding of sanctuary cities that don’t help with enforcing the immigration laws (like FitzFlop). Plus, did you see FitzFlop’s shameless “vote for me because I am a cancer survivor” video?

    I think the GOP takes the House by a comfortable margin (which is a good thing), FitzFlop loses to Murphy, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Meehan lose.

    Unfortunately, the PA GOP (the party that brought you the likes of Arlen Specter) is a joke and is not at all in touch with the conservative movement that is underway. But then again, the GOP as a whole is pretty out of touch with everything – except keeping a bunch of old Establishment guys in power.

  7. Anonymous

    Sep 17th, 2010

    To Frustrated in Pa-08,

    And we are going to replace this out of touch Pa-GOP with well meaning good people who are concenred about the direction of the country but who are unfortunately being manipulated by a far-right, John Birch Society/Dixiecrat money making machine that does not have their interest in mind, but will use them to get their vote. This is a rank disaster for the party. If you’re ok with an America that spends more time trying to resegregate itself for ultra partisan purposes than building a already frayed America on all levels, then bless you and wear a helment, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride. And you and all your friends will be useful cannon fodder for the guys behind the curtin….

  8. Tony Soprano

    Sep 17th, 2010

    Well, that was a wacko comment.

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