By all the metrics of a political campaign Lou Barletta (R) is a lock. He is the incumbent that has a million dollar campaign warchest with a winning issue on immigration that appeals to the fears of people. Gene Stilp (D) has no money or party support but has an army of supporters and has run an unconventional campaign.
Like many people I dismissed Gene Stilp's chances in the Democratic
primary against Bill Vinsko. He is known as the guy with the big pig and
other stunts and I didn't take him seriously. He proved me wrong.
Lou Barletta has noticed. In his 2 TV ads he repeats the lie that Stilp wants to cut Medicare by $716 Billion. Lou's first ad and second. If he wasn't worried he would be running warm fuzzies instead of attack ads.
Another sign of panic from the Barletta camp is trying to drum up controversy about Tim Holden endorsing Stilp or not. Like anyone gives a shit about what Tim Holden thinks. Most endorsements are good for a press release and not much else.
This may be the surprise of the night.
The WVIA debate
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