Brian Walsh

Traditionally a GOP seat, this district earns an R+3 rating from Charlie Cook’s PVI. Located in the northwestern part of the state, Pennsylvania’s Third District includes all of Erie County and most of Mercer, Butler and Crawford counties, as well as portions of Warren, Venango and Armstrong counties. George W. Bush comfortably claimed victory in Pennsylvania’s Third in both 2000 and 2004. Barack Obama prevailed here by an exceedingly narrow margin of 17 votes.  In 2008, political newcomer Dahlkemper barely won by a two percent margin.  Since taking office, she’s spent her days helping Speaker Pelosi muscle through a partisan agenda and voting in lock-step with the San Francisco liberal almost 94% of the time. However, after winning a crowded primary in May, popular Republican candidate Mike Kelly presents Republicans with an excellent opportunity to recapture this seat.

Dahlkemper is firmly positioned as one of Speaker Pelosi’s most loyal allies.  In a year like 2010 where Democrats face a strong headwind, Dahlkemper’s liberal record will not work in her favor with voters in Northwestern Pennsylvania. She supported the trillion-dollar failed stimulus bill, tax hikes on middle-class families and small business owners, and a government-takeover of healthcare.  She stood with Pelosi in unveiling ObamaCare, and then tossed aside her pro-life campaign promise and opened the door for taxpayer-funded abortions.  Moreover, Dahlkemper has failed to focus on one of the most important issues facing her constituents: jobs.

In contrast, Mike Kelly stands for the Republican ideals and conservative values that America needs to get the economy back on track. Bringing a tremendous work ethic and solid moral stance to politics, Mike champions limited government and cutting back wasteful spending. A job creator and community leader, Mike has served Northwestern Pennsylvanians throughout his life. He knows what it takes to grow a business, and he will deliver much-needed leadership in Congress to help balance the budget and lessen the tax burden on small business owners and middle-class families. Extensively involved his local community, Mike serves as a committee member on multiple city and county councils and actively participates in youth education and sports organizations.

Pennsylvania voters can make a difference by electing Mike to Congress and retiring Pelosi Puppet Kathy Dahlkemper. I hope you will check out Mike’s website and Facebook page to stay informed on the latest news and updates from his campaign.

Brian Walsh

Brian Walsh is the Political Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee.