I’m Brian Walsh, the Political Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee. I want to start by thanking you for reading the first of our new “Race of the Day” posts. It’s my hope that these articles will be a resource for you and you’ll check back daily for my updates on House candidates and elections happening across the country.
I want to kick this series off by telling you about the very next election on the political calendar – the special election in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District to fill the seat formerly held by the late Representative John Murtha. Here, we have Republican businessman Tim Burns running against Democrat and veteran Washington-insider Mark Critz.
Burns is a Johnstown, PA native with a track record of success in the district. After graduating from college, Tim started his own pharmacy technology company in his basement and over the years grew it to where he provided 400 jobs for the community. His ability to create jobs and knowledge of healthcare issues make him uniquely qualified to serve in Congress during these troubled times. This experience, coupled with his deep commitment to the conservative values he shares with the people of the district, demonstrates that Tim is a great candidate and we must work together to send him to Washington.
On the other side of the aisle, Democrat Mark Critz has just one core set of experiences – those of a government bureaucrat. Over the past decade, while Critz served as economic development and district director for the office of Congressman Murtha, unemployment doubled in nearly every county in PA-12. Furthermore, Critz is a candidate who claims to be against legislation like Cap & Trade – which will be disastrous for Western Pennsylvanians – yet he campaigns and raises money with the anti-coal likes of Vice President Joe Biden, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen. How can his potential constituents in Pennsylvania hope to trust someone with those kinds of double standards?