John Chrin and Lou Barletta aren’t running for anything yet, but U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright is making it sound like they definitely are.
Cartwright, the Moosic Democrat who represents the 8th Congressional District, is trying to raise campaign money and using the two Republicans’ names to do it.
“We have another monthly fundraising deadline coming up tomorrow night,” the email appeal from Cartwright campaign manager Colleen Gerrity said this week. “Summer is a notoriously difficult time to raise campaign funds — but that’s not stopping the GOP from jumping into the race. 2018 GOP nominee John Chrin has already filed paperwork to run and former U.S. Representative Lou Barletta is also a rumored candidate.”
True, Barletta is a rumored candidate, though I’ve written about how unlikely it is he’ll run.
As for Chrin, Cartwright walloped him pretty soundly last year, if you’ll recall. Chrin hasn’t disputed my suggestion he’s waiting until at least 2022, though he’s never ruled out a 2020 run.
Chrin filed a new statement of candidacy that amends his previous one by changing his address from Fountain Hill in Lehigh County to his new address at Skytop in Monroe County. That amended statement got Gerrity going.
“If Republicans see that our grassroots momentum is starting to dip, they’ll jump at the chance to flip this district and flood PA-08 with negative attack ads,” Gerrity wrote in the fundraising appeal. “John Chrin spent millions of his own money trying to defeat us in 2018 – is there any doubt they’ll spend more this time around to take back the House? Especially when the (Republican) path to taking back the House runs right through Pennsylvania’s 8th District.”
Chrin dismissed the email’s claim he’s running again.
“Matt is shameless with utter disregard for the truth,” he said.
“Why would he file a statement of candidacy if he does not intend to run?” Gerrity shot back when I asked her about the fundraising email.
Chrin is wealthy, but didn’t raise any money in the second quarter. He seems content waiting until 2022 when new congressional district maps take effect.
As for Barletta, he’s said he would never rule it out but said he’s enjoying his life and family and is “in a happy place right now.”
I still doubt he will run. He still sounded like he’s in the same happy place when I asked this week.
“Nothing new,” Barletta said.