MILFORD, PA — Social distancing requirements have relegated most political campaigns to remain somewhat impersonal: phone banking, yard signs and television ads. Last Sunday, however, Rep. Matt …
MILFORD, PA — Social distancing requirements have relegated most political campaigns to remain somewhat impersonal: phone banking, yard signs and television ads. Last Sunday, however, Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-08) attended his “first socially distanced rally” in Milford, where he met with members of Delaware Valley Action, a group of progressive Pike County voters who were unveiling their new office.
Cartwright, who represents northeastern PA counties in the U.S. House, is running for reelection against Republican challenger Jim Bognet, a former Trump administration appointee.
Campaigning during the pandemic has been “frustrating,” Cartwright told the River Reporter, saying that he missed in-person, “retail politics.” He added that in a regular election season, he attends around 14 events each weekend, “that’s all been canceled this year.”
He later addressed the small crowd, talking about current hot-button pieces of legislation like the Delivering for America Act and the Heroes Act, and promising that he’s poised to bring “clout” to NEPA for the first time in generations.
“There are 12 subcommittees of the Appropriations [Committee], they assign all of the spending of the federal government, and the most important person on these subcommittees is the chair... They are so important that the 12 chairs are called the 12 cardinals of the Congress,” he said. “I am slated to become a cardinal in January if I win reelection; I will be in charge of $71.5 billion a year.”
Marian Keegan, a Democrat who is challenging state Rep. Mike Peifer (PA-139) this year, was also in attendance. She said that she’s running because she wants to fight to keep fracking out of the area.