If U.S. Rep. Tom Marino’s drop in campaign fundraising means he’s on the way out, Rep. Lou Barletta’s and Rep. Matt Cartwright’s look like they want to stick around.

For Barletta, R-11, Hazleton, his campaign committee just had its second-best first quarter fundraising, $163,438, since he won the 11th Congressional District seat in 2010, according to his latest report to the Federal Election Commission. (You can find the reports on this FEC link. Just type in the candidates names.) His best first quarter was 2010, $211,701, as his campaign to unseat Democratic Rep. Paul Kanjorski really geared up.

He ended the quarter with $340,205 in cash on hand.

Though Democrats don’t think Barletta is worth trying to knock off right now, the 11th CD is about 44 percent/43 percent Democrats/Republicans. The Dems aren’t going after him because he’s well-known, usually wins re-election big, and the district went for Trump last year 60 percent to 36 percent.

I would say Barletta’s fundraising looks like having President Donald Trump as a close pal helps a lot. Barletta supported Trump in March 2016, about a month before the Pennsylvania primary, and Trump thought about him as transportation or labor secretary. Plus, Barletta sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Trump wants to fix a lot of roads, bridges, airports and other stuff we use to travel. Transportation lobbyists and trade groups love their committee members.

Matt Cartwright

As for Cartwright, D-17, Moosic, he clearly understands he’s a potential Republican target (assuming the R’s can find a candidate).

The third-term House member had his biggest first-quarter fundraising in the six years he’s run for Congress. He raised $358,544. He actually had a $707,076 first quarter in 2012, his first run, but that included $390,000 he loaned his campaign. Take that out and he raised $317,076, his second-best first quarter. Of course, he needed it all then because he had to knock off incumbent Democratic Rep. Tim Holden in the April primary.

Since then, Cartwright has only raised more than $200,000 in the first quarter once ($218,690 in 2013).

Anyone who takes him on will have to raise a lot of money. He already has $853,878 in cash on hand and still has another year to raise more.

— BORYS KRAWCZENIUK