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11 Democratic Congresswomen Endorse Rachel Reddick for PA-01

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April 26, 2018
Contact: Caroline Ross, (267) 685-9633, [email protected]

11 Democratic Congresswomen Endorse Rachel Reddick for PA-01

Fountainville, PA– Today, Democrat Rachel Reddick running to unseat Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) was endorsed by 11 Congresswomen: WomenLEAD co-chairs Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12), as well as Congresswomen Barbara Lee (CA-13), Joyce Beatty (OH-03), Terri Sewell (AL-07), Julia Brownley (CA-26), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Gwen Moore (WI-04), Norma Torres (CA-35), Kathy Castor (FL-14), and Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30).

“Democracy is best served when representative government reflects the diversity of its people. Rachel Reddick will bring a needed women’s perspective to the Pennsylvania congressional delegation,” said Congresswoman Lois Frankel (FL-21). “Her record of service in the Navy and as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence has prepared Rachel to be the fighter Pennsylvania needs to ensure that we have an economy that works for everyone with access to the affordable health our families deserve.”

“Rachel is the Democrat who can take back this seat in November,” said Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12). “She has the toughness to hold Congressional Republicans accountable for their repeated attempts to strip health insurance away from millions of Americans.”

“I am honored to have the support and endorsements of so many strong Congresswomen who have been my role models throughout the course of this campaign,” said Reddick. “Their dedication to empowering women is unmatched and I hope to soon join them in Congress.”

Rachel Reddick is a former anti-domestic abuse advocate and Naval Officer who served six years on active duty in the JAG Corps and is proud to be endorsed by EMILY’s List. Rachel is currently a Lieutenant in the Naval Reserves and lives in Fountainville with her husband and son. Rachel is running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District. Learn more at www.rachelreddick.com.

FACT CHECK: Maryland Multimillionaire Scott Wallace is ALREADY Taking Money from Goldman Sachs and Insurance Companies

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April 25, 2018
Contact: Caroline Ross, (267) 685-9633, [email protected]

FACT CHECK: Maryland Multimillionaire Scott Wallace is ALREADY Taking Money from Goldman Sachs and Insurance Companies

In a WHYY article on April 23, Maryland Multimillionaire Scott Wallace claimed, “I’m not going to take any money from Goldman Sachs or from the healthcare insurance industry or the internet industry,… and I think it’s important for my supporters, my voters, to know that I owe nothing to anybody except them.”

Fact check: FALSE.

Wallace’s fortune, which he is using to fund his campaign, includes millions invested in Goldman Sachs, health insurance companies, and internet companies.

Scott Wallace’s personal financial disclosure, though almost illegible, shows at least $5 million invested in Goldman Sachs funds, and millions of dollars in health insurance corporations (Humana and UnitedHealth Group) and the internet industry (Google, Facebook, eBay, and others), making Wallace as much as $1.2 million just this year. And that personal fortune is going right into his campaign: 84% of his campaign funds come from him.

“From attacking a veteran for her service to lying about the source of his campaign funds, Maryland Multimillionaire Scott Wallace is behaving as though personal wealth means never having to be held accountable,” said Caroline Ross, campaign manager for Democrat Rachel Reddick’s campaign.

ICYMI: USA Today: Trump Prompts Dem Women to Run for Congress in PA, but They Face ‘Old Boys Network’

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April 19, 2018
Contact: Caroline Ross, (267) 685-9633, [email protected]

ICYMI: USA Today: Trump Prompts Dem Women to Run for Congress in PA, but They Face ‘Old Boys Network’

Key Quote–
“Rachel Reddick is one of those women trying to win a congressional seat. Reddick, a former Republican is running as a Democrat for Pennsylvania’s new 1st Congressional District on the southeastern edge of the state.

“‘You’re constantly fighting against the perceived notion that men are office holders, men are candidates and men are elected officials,’ Reddick said about her run for office.

“Reddick said there have been multiple instances where people have told her she doesn’t ‘have the right experience to run for office.’ Questioning her resume is ‘interesting,’ Reddick said, because the Democratic Party rallied around Rep. Conor Lamb during a special election last month, which he won narrowly. Lamb and Reddick have nearly identical resumes, both are in their early 30s, are former federal prosecutors and military lawyers.

‘“I don’t believe that anyone was telling him that he didn’t have the right experience. He was just hailed as a wonderful candidate,’ Reddick said. Reddick said Lamb’s praise was deserved, but the standard should be applied equally to both genders.

The Bucks County Democratic Committee endorsed Reddick’s opponent last month. County party Executive Director Steve Warhola told USA TODAY he couldn’t share the reasons people chose Scott Wallace over Reddick, but that he had been endorsed by more than 60% of the delegates present. And the committee doesn’t just back men, they’ve also announced support for seven women running for office at the state level.

USA Today
Eliza Collins
April 18, 2018

WASHINGTON — Following the election of President Trump, women are running for office at record-breaking rates across the country. But Democratic women in Pennsylvania, are finding that in order to be competitive, they’ve got to break a glass ceiling within their own party first.

“A lot of these women did not realize just how ‘good old boys’ the party structure was and now that they’re interested in giving it a shot they’re saying ‘why isn’t anyone backing me?’” said Jennie Sweet-Cushman, assistant director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University. Sweet-Cushman said that in Pennsylvania having the local party’s support still holds a lot of power — it can influence who donates money and which elected leaders back you — and that endorsement is still usually going to a man.

The “good old boys network” is “much more prevalent in the Democratic Party, which is a little bit ironic when you look at patterns elsewhere in the country where women have done much better in the Democratic Party,” Sweet-Cushman said. It’s not that the party leaders are intentionally trying to box out women, she said, it’s just that men tend to be the ones in power so when it’s time to recruit, they go with who they know.

There is not a single woman currently in Pennsylvania’s 20-person Congressional delegation in Washington, making it the state with the largest delegation of all male elected officials.

At the state level, just seven of the 50 state senators are female and there are 41 women out of 203 state House members. According to Rutgers University’s Center for American Women in Politics, the commonwealth ranks 39th for the proportion of women at the state level.

But Pennsylvania Democrats are now expected to have more opportunities to pick up seats this year and many of those seats could go to women if they’re able win their primaries. The state’s primary election is May 15.

Part of the reason for Democrats’ optimism is that Pennsylvania will have a new congressional map going into the 2018 midterms. The state Supreme Court redrew the districts after ruling the map was unconstitutionally gerrymandered to favor Republicans.

And women are running in the state in far higher numbers than they have in the past. As of Tuesday, there were 27 women running for congressional or statewide office in Pennsylvania, of those 22 are Democrats. In 2016, there were just eight women running, seven of them were Democrats, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

Rachel Reddick is one of those women trying to win a congressional seat. Reddick, a former Republican is running as a Democrat for Pennsylvania’s new 1st Congressional District on the southeastern edge of the state.

“You’re constantly fighting against the perceived notion that men are office holders, men are candidates and men are elected officials,” Reddick said about her run for office.

Reddick said there have been multiple instances where people have told her she doesn’t “have the right experience to run for office.” Questioning her resume is “interesting,” Reddick said, because the Democratic Party rallied around Rep. Conor Lamb during a special election last month, which he won narrowly. Lamb and Reddick have nearly identical resumes, both are in their early 30s, are former federal prosecutors and military lawyers.

“I don’t believe that anyone was telling him that he didn’t have the right experience. He was just hailed as a wonderful candidate,” Reddick said. Reddick said Lamb’s praise was deserved, but the standard should be applied equally to both genders.

The Bucks County Democratic Committee endorsed Reddick’s opponent last month. County party Executive Director Steve Warhola told USA TODAY he couldn’t share the reasons people chose Scott Wallace over Reddick, but that he had been endorsed by more than 60% of the delegates present. And the committee doesn’t just back men, they’ve also announced support for seven women running for office at the state level.

While Lamb’s race was a victory for Democrats, for some women in the area it was also a reminder of the limited success females have had running for office in the state.

Abigail Gardner advised two women running for seats that Lamb ultimately won or is aiming to win, thinks her candidates could have been just as competitive.

Pam Iovino, the former assistant secretary in the Department of Veterans Affairs and a Navy veteran, had hoped to capture the Democratic nomination in the 18th Congressional District last fall. But Lamb was chosen instead during the special elections delegate process.

After Lamb won the 18th district, under the new map he had to file for re-election in the state’s 17th district, were Beth Tarasi, a lawyer, was already running. But Tarasi left the race after it became clear that the party would be supporting Lamb. It is not unusual for the local party to support the incumbent.

“It was disappointing to see the lack of institutional support for their campaigns,” Gardner said. “Until our party gatekeepers prioritize supporting good women candidates it is going to be a struggle to change the number of women in office in Western Pennsylvania.”

Even some of the women who have already been elected see the need to help support women trying to join them.

“You hear a lot of lip service saying ‘we support women, we support women’ but people here only do it if it’s convenient for them,” said Chelsa Wagner, the County Controller for Allegheny County which is in the southwestern region. Wagner is also a former member of the state House.

Wagner along and a handful of other Democratic women started a political action committee called Women for the Future Pittsburgh, or WTF for short. The group is focused on helping women get enough financial and strategic support to be competitive in races in the western region.

USA TODAY interviewed more than a dozen people and found that most Democratic women across the state felt they faced a more difficult path than men in getting their party’s endorsement and securing financial assistance. However, those on the state’s eastern side generally said they felt better included and were more optimistic about the future than those on the western side.

Leslie Anne Miller, who was general counsel to former governor Edward Rendell and a major fundraiser for Hillary Clinton’s run for president, said despite Pennsylvania being “a neanderthal state when it comes to opportunities for women” she’s optimistic 2018 is the year things change. Miller said women are are “mad as hell about what is not being done” and are ready to shake things up — at the candidate level and by providing support behind the scenes.

Chrissy Houlahan is one of those candidates. Houlahan, an Air Force veteran and entrepreneur, is running for Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District and she has a real chance of winning it. The new congressional map made the seat much more competitive and the GOP incumbent decided not to run after the filing deadline leaving the GOP unable to recruit their ideal candidate.

“I haven’t really felt that,” Houlahan said about the idea that the Democratic Party in Pennsylvania is still male-dominated. Houlahan has racked in the endorsements from both local and national Democrats and she’s hopeful other female candidates will also be successful.

”I have really a lot of hope that many of us (women) will be able to be elected,” she said.

“We still have a lot of work to do,” said Sinceré Harris, the female executive director of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. But, she added, things are changing.

“We have made great strides this year and we’re seeing a hunger in all levels of the party to have qualified women running up and down the ballot,” she continued.

Bucks County Teens Gather to Talk Hate Incidents & What Comes Next- Levittown Now

A large group of Bucks County middle and high school students traveled to Washington D.C. in December to testify about hate incidents in Bucks County schools. On Saturday evening, the African-American Museum of Bucks County hosted a follow up forum in Langhorne Borough.

The forum was attended by students from across the county who traveled to Washington D.C. to speak with Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick and some who did not make the trek. The event gave students a chance to make their voices heard and air the experiences that caused them to want to journey to the Capitol.

“You’re all brave, young people, and I am very proud of you,” said Linda Salley, the board president of the AAMBC.

“I thought it was a really empowering experience for me to share my experiences with a member of the actual government,” said one of the student attendees.

For the student attendee, it was important for Fitzpatrick to listen to the experiences and concerns of young people in his district.

Other attendees recounted stories of being profiled by police, having racial slurs directed at them, swastikas being drawn on folders and problems in their schools.

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What The Congressional Redistricting Ruling Means- Levittown Now

Pennsylvania’s congressional districts will be redrawn following a ruling issued Monday by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

The decision was in response to a lawsuit filed by the League of Women Voters on behalf of 18 voters spread among the Keystone state’s 18 congressional districts. The lawsuit challenged the congressional districts as being gerrymandered – drawn to unfairly benefit one party -across the state.

“The Court finds as matter of law that the Congressional Redistricting Act of 2011 clearly, plainly and palpably violates the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and, on that sole basis,we hereby strike it as unconstitutional,” the court order reads.

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Women in uniform emerge on suburban Philly ballots- WHYY

As Democratic candidates line up to run for the three congressional seats held by Republicans in Philadelphia’s suburbs this year, a trend has emerged.

The Democratic field for each of those races includes a woman with a military or national security background.

Rachel Reddick (above), who’s running in the 8th District in Bucks County is a Navy veteran.

In the 6th District in the western suburbs, Air Force veteran Chrissy Houlahan is a candidate the national Democratic Party is excited about.

And the newest candidate for the 7th District in Delaware County, Shelly Chauncey, spent 15 years in the CIA.

“It’s a profile that I think voters find comforting,” said Mark Nevins, a Democratic strategist and veteran of many congressional campaigns. “Voters appreciate candidates who have a record of service, especially service to the country.”

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Tax bill must be defeated- Bucks County Courier Times

Our congressman urged us not to get “bogged down in numbers” when we review the massive tax overhaul that he and other Republicans have passed. But when it comes to our tax code, Pennsylvanians know that the devil is often in the details.

The largest detail is this: More than three-fourths of the tax cuts go to the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans.

This astonishing statistic comes from the study by the Tax Foundation that Congressman Fitzpatrick himself cited when trying to sell the House bill as a middle-class tax cut. With all these cuts for millionaires and billionaires, where will revenue be made up? Actually, it won’t; this bill will increase our deficit by over $1.5 trillion.

Is this the fiscal responsibility Republicans champion?

Attempting to make this bill seem fiscally sound, Republicans are gutting countless deductions middle-class families have relied on to stay afloat. To name a few, they include deductions for medical expenses; moving expenses; student loan interest; even deductions for financial losses caused by theft. Seventy percent of the families who use these deductions make less than $75,000 a year.

 

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RELEASE: PA-8 Congressional Candidate Rachel Reddick’s Statement on President Trump’s Naming Mick Mulvaney as Acting Head of the CFPB

Doylestown, PA– In response to President Trump’s installment of Budget Secretary Mulvaney as the new head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Rachel Reddick, Democratic Candidate for Congress in PA-8, released the following statement:

“In naming Mick Mulvaney acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), President Trump has once again thrown everyday Americans under the bus to promote big banks, credit card companies, and large donors. This move is in direct defiance of the Dodd-Frank Act, which was put in place to stop the kinds of fraudulent business practices that led to the financial collapse.

Mulvaney’s goal is to significantly weaken the CFPB, which will negatively affect every American with a bank account, student or home loan, or credit card. Trump’s move will especially harm our nation’s veterans and their families, who are often the target of predatory lenders the CFPB is charged with overseeing.

This is just the latest attack by Donald Trump on the independence of Financial Regulators. And Republicans in Congress have egged him on – including Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick who voted in June to revoke CFPB rules which held banks and corporations accountable for wrongdoing.

Middle and working class people need representatives in Washington who will stand up to this administration and make sure independent government agencies are allowed to do their jobs – like keeping Wall Street from playing the lottery with people’s life-savings and 401k’s and protecting our nation’s veterans and seniors. Congress must act to restore independence and legitimacy to the CFPB which was set up to stand between consumers and deceptive lenders.

I will fight every day against policies that harm Pennsylvanians and be a backstop against the dangerous decisions coming from this Administration. Unfortunately, Congressman Fitzpatrick remains silent while Donald Trump ensures the hard working families of Bucks and Montgomery Counties are left unprotected against big banks and credit companies.”

RELEASE: PA-8 Congressional Candidate Rachel Reddick’s Statement on the GOP Tax Plan

Doylestown, PA– In response to GOP Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick’s vote in favor of the Republican tax scam, Democratic candidate in the 8th District Rachel Reddick issued the following statement:

“Brian Fitzpatrick voted today to raise taxes on thousands of families in his own district and millions more across the country. This bill is not “reform” in any sense of the word, but a massive windfall to corporations and the wealthiest Americans paid for by gutting deductions that everyday hard working families rely on — deductions for everything from property taxes to job training programs. This bill will blow up the deficit, weaken our economy, and increase taxes on middle class families. Brian Fitzpatrick has failed the hard-working families and small business owners of Bucks and Montgomery Counties who will suffer financially as a result of this bill.”

Rachel Reddick is a former anti-domestic abuse advocate and Naval Officer who served six years on active duty in the JAG Corps. Rachel is currently a Lieutenant in the Naval Reserves and lives in Fountainville with her husband and son. Rachel is running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District. Learn more at www.rachelreddick.com.

Breaking down the key House, U.S. Senate races looming in Pa., N.J. – The Inquirer

After Tuesday’s gubernatorial elections, much of the political world is turning to the fight for Congress — and the Philadelphia region is already in both parties’ battle plans.

Several races in the area are shaping up as among the most competitive in the country. Here is an early rundown of the key contests and candidates in the mix for 2018, when for the first time a national electorate will weigh in on the Trump administration:

New Jersey 2d Congressional District (based in Atlantic County)
Republican Frank LoBiondo’s retirement Tuesday suddenly turned this district from an afterthought into one of Democrats’ best pick-up opportunities.

The district, which roams across South Jersey from the Shore to the Delaware River, backed Trump last year, but also went for Barack Obama twice.

Democratic state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, long rumored to covet the seat, is interested in running and already has the backing of South Jersey political power George Norcross. Two other Democrats, Tanzie Youngblood and Sean Thom, are already in the race.The Republican field is still taking shape, though Assemblyman Chris Brown has been mentioned as one potential candidate.

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