You read that right. The RNC, the actual national Republican Party, on its own, is going after Cartwright, a Moosic resident who represents the 8th Congressional District, which includes all of Lackawanna County and much of Luzerne.
Usually, the RNC leaves congressional races up to the National Republican Congressional Committee, which helps Republican House candidates.
I can’t remember ever seeing the RNC nailing an opposition congressional candidate, certainly never this early. The next election federal election isn’t until next year.
“Matt Cartwright promised he’d tackle problems facing our country,” the ad narrator, a woman, says alarmingly. “Cartwright broke his promise. Instead of fixing health care and lowering drug prices, Cartwright votes with the radicals for endless investigations of President Trump, wasting tax dollars.”
With that we see Cartwright’s headshot amid four others — Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. Tlaib, Omar and Ocasio-Cortez are members of “The Squad,” a nickname Ocasio-Cortez gave them in an Instagram post. The nation’s right wing loves deriding them by the nickname.
Trump’s campaign and the RNC have boasted of raising $125 million in the third quarter, leaving them with a combined $156 million in cash on hand.
Looks like they’re spending it to soften up Cartwright in case they find a viable Republican to take him on. Former security company owner Teddy Daniels is the only declared candidate so far. The RNC could also be sending a signal to anyone who wants to run that the money will be there.
In case you didn’t know, Cartwright and two other Pennsylvania Democratic House members, Susan Wild and Conor Lamb, are among the top Republican targets in their bid to win back control of the U.S. House.
The RNC spent $48,310 to buy 147 commercial spots on WNEP, its cable station, WBRE and WYOU between last Wednesday and tomorrow.