In Pennsylvania, a Congressional election is heating up. Republican nominee Rick Saccone is 3 points ahead of Democratic nominee Conor Lamb in the polls. But Republicans don’t feel that this is a big enough margin, so they’re throwing a ton of money at the issue.
Super PAC The Congressional Leadership Fund, which is closely connected with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, is spending $1.5 million to widen the gap between the nominees in favor of Saccone. The money will be going towards TV attack ads on Lamb.
That’s not an opinion; the CLF’s executive director Corry Bliss said, “We will attack Conor Lamb…And we will explain to voters in Pennsylvania’s 18th district that Conor Lamb would be nothing more than a rubber stamp for Nancy Pelosi’s liberal agenda.”
— Conor Lamb (@ConorLambPA) January 23, 2018
For his part, Lamb has one TV ad currently, in which he distances himself from Nancy Pelosi, not that Republicans are concerned with facts. Lamb’s family is also well-known locally in Democratic politics. The Democratic nominee has done well so far, considering he doesn’t have a super PAC backing him – a difference between the two campaigns that Lamb uses to his advantage by pointing out the hypocrisy of the money being spent for Saccone’s campaign. Lamb also has the support of the area’s labor unions, who had backed former Republican Congressman Tim Murphy, and whose resignation triggered this election.
For a group of people who are supposed to be fiscally conservative, they sure do spend a lot of money in an attempt to gain or keep their power.