One of the most obvious indications that Rep. Conor Lamb is considering running is that he has informed funders and supporters that he plans to compete for the available Pennsylvania Senate seat.
According to numerous sources with knowledge of the conversations, Rep. Conor Lamb has started recently alerting select funders and supporters that he plans to run for Pennsylvania senator.
Before a formal debut, Lamb has pushed certain donors to make immediate contributions as he steps up his fundraising efforts. A person familiar with the Democrat’s thinking claims there are no immediate intentions to enter the race, even though the timeframe for an announcement was unclear.
Former Marine and federal prosecutor Lamb, who triumphed in a crucial special election in 2018, has stated that he is exploring a bid to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Pat Toomey. Although his team has engaged fundraising advisers and recently conducted a high-profile fundraiser with Sen. Joe Manchin, he has remained quiet about his thoughts (D-W.Va.). But these discussions stand as one of the most obvious indications that he is making real progress toward running.
Some of the private discussions happened this week while Lamb was working to support a Democratic state senaterumors candidate in the Scranton region, which is about 300 miles away from his seat in the Pittsburgh suburbs. This fanned rumors that he will run for governor on a statewide ticket. On Saturday, Lamb plans to canvass the area’s voters.
Abby Nassif-Murphy, Lamb’s campaign manager, revealed that Lamb was considering running for the Senate but stated that “no decision has been made.”
Conor is already the target of attack advertising from national Republican super PACs in this Frontline campaign, which is taking place in one of the most competitive districts in the nation. Therefore, Nassif-Murphy added, “We’re going to keep raising money, defending Conor’s record, and looking for ways to support down-ballot Democrats whenever and however we can.
Lamb already represents one of the House’s most challenging districts, but after Pennsylvania is forced to lose a seat due to redistricting, Lamb’s district may appear even more challenging. But those maps wouldn’t be created for several months, well after Lamb and every other member of the state’s House delegation would have to announce their intention to run for the Senate.
For Democrats, Pennsylvania’s primary is already one of their most competitive chances to pick up votes this season. The only statewide elected person running is Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who has raised a sizable sum in his first quarter and currently has $1.9 million in the bank. Malcolm Kenyatta, a state representative, had $217,000 in cash. A doctor and Montgomery County commissioner named Val Arkoosh entered the contest earlier this month.
Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, another member of the House and one of the state delegation’s top fundraisers, recently revealed to the Philadelphia Inquirer that she was considering running for office.
According to his most recent financial statement, Lamb had $1.1 million on hand as of March 31. He raised more than $400,000 in the first quarter.
Many Democrats think they wouldn’t be able to draught a candidate who could win his district in the general election if Lamb were to run for the Senate, which would probably cost them a seat. Although Republicans dominate the state legislature, Democratic Governor Tom Wolf has the power to veto their plans. As a result, the final boundaries of his district could be determined by a court.
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