Ben Cannatti and Ford O'Connell

The New York Times recently detailed the impact that a GOP sweep would have on Pennsylvania’s U.S. House seats.  “[O]n the eve of redistricting, when the state is likely to lose another Congressional seat, the Democratic hold is looking tenuous.”  With less than two months before Election Day, outgoing Democratic Governor Ed Rendell senses that things don’t look good for his party’s chances in November.  “‘The Democrats are generally tarred with the brush of incumbency, and when the economy is bad and people are losing their homes, their 401(k)’s, their investments, there is a tendency to lash out at those in power,’” Rendell said, “‘I think that’s advantaged Republicans.’”

One such Republican looking to capitalize on the Keystone State’s political landscape is the GOP nominee for the 161st House District, Joe Hackett.  In 2008, Hackett narrowly lost his bid for this seat but with the incumbent Democrat seeking higher office, the 26-year veteran of federal and state law enforcement is poised to win this time around.

Harping on the failed Democratic leadership in Harrisburg, Hackett told the Delaware County Daily Times, “‘When the governor fails to sign into law a state budget on time, it has impacts that go far beyond layoffs of state workers…thousands of local parochial school students went for up to two months without text books due to the lack of state funding.  We cannot allow this to happen again.’”

While President Obama and other national Democratic leaders make repeated visits to Pennsylvania in an effort to quell voter angst, Republicans are poised to sweep the state giving future officeholders, such as Joe Hackett, a huge opportunity to enact “meaningful change.”

To learn more about Joe Hackett’s bid in the Keystone State, visit 

Ben Cannatti and Ford O'Connell

Ben Cannatti is Political Director of the Republican State Leadership Committee. Ford O'Connell is the co-founder of ProjectVirginia.