Thursday, January 10, 2008

Congressional Race Updates

Two updates in Pennsylvania congressional races.

Dan Meuser, who is among the horde of Republicans trying to unseat Chris Carney, freshman Democrat in the 10th congressional district, is announcing that he has been endorsed by Hazelton mayor Lou Barletta. Meuser was previously endorsed by former Sen. Rick Santorum. One wonders who will be next: Grover Norquist? Ralph Reed? Daryl Metcalfe?

Closer to home, Keystone Politics is reporting that Democrat Mike Leibowitz will take a second run at the 6th congressional district. Leibowitz did not do well in the 2006 primary against Lois Murphy but she had greater name recognition. Leibowitz is young, 20 29 or 30, and has a law degree but instead of practicing law owns a firm that works on historic houses. His 2006 campaign is still filing FEC reports as there is an unpaid loan of around $8600, from the candidate himself.

According to a 2006 press release:

He has twice served on the Lower Merion School District Community Advisory Committee and currently serves as an officer of the Haverford Civic Association. Leibowitz attended American University in Washington, DC where he received a BA in economics and Villanova University School of Law in Villanova, Pennsylvania where he received his JD.

Pennsylvania Avenue is reporting that Democrats continue to court other candidates as well.

If 2006 was the year of the veteran candidate (Patrick Murphy, Joe Sestak), this must be the year of the historic house rehab candidate. In addition to Leibowitz, we have Bruce Slater, who is running in the 19th 16th district.

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