Republican Snyder County Commissioner Malcolm Derk has expressed an interest in running for the Pennsylvania 10th US House of Representatives seat currently held by Democrat Chris Carney. I talked with Derk over the weekend and he sure sounded like a candidate. He criticized Carney for calling himself a fiscally responsible Blue Dog Democrat who "hasn't walked the walk" based on his votes for the stimulus package and health care bill. He said he would make a decision soon and would need $500K for a primary campaign if he has opposition. Right now it looks like he won't have a primary opponent and will probably get some help from the NRCC and other groups in the general election.
He may be a bit iffy but his pals have been filling my inbox and ringing my phone promoting his candicy Susquehanna University Young Republican Eric Sweeney set up a Facebook page Derk 2010 for Congress and I have been playing telephone tag with Matthew Rousu professor of economics at Susquehanna University who created Draft Derk for Congress.
The Daily Item has a story about the race .
What has Congressman Carney been up to lately? He voted for a long overdue reform of the health insurance industry. He had another town hall in Montrose and had to deal with tea bagger nonsense about health care and questions about gas drilling. He said he wants to study the problem of gas drilling. Sorry Chris study (delay)is just going to make the matter worse. Stop it now and let the EPA and the PA DEP get a handle on it and develop some rules.
He has a bunch of money and has been a good fit for the district,
I love this from WKOK: Derk says he’s seen the postings and talked with some of the bloggers.
He knows how to get his message out.