Conservative group targets Democratic Reps. Wild and Cartwright

Written by on February 12, 2021

Conservative group targets Democratic Reps. Wild and Cartwright

By Ben Stemrich

February 12, 2021

Susan Wild, Democratic candidate in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District, waves after casting her vote Tuesday Nov. 6, 2018, in Allentown, Pa. Wild is facing Republican Marty Nothstein for the seat held by Charlie Dent, who retired. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

A conservative advocacy group is using billboards to take aim at members of Congress including U.S. Rep. Susan Wild (D-Lehigh) of the Lehigh Valley. One billboard claims Wild took more than $21,000 from teachers unions, then blocked efforts to open schools. 

School districts get to decide when it’s safe to open, not members of Congress. Then why the billboard? 

Christopher Borick, Political Science professor at Muhlenberg College has a possible reason.

“When you think about congressional elections, they are a two-year cycle. They are, in essence, always in campaign mode. So, she is one of those members of Congress, republicans have targeted to pick up a potential seat in 2022,” Borick says. 

Traditionally, the party that wins the presidency has a tougher time in midterm elections.

“The reality is, the House more than any other federal institution, is supposed to be tied into the particular feeling of the public, and you see that on display here as they are targeting her,” Borick says.

U.S. Rep.Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna), whose district includes Scranton, was also targeted in the billboard campaign funded by the American Action Network.

Wild says she is for opening schools if it’s done safely but that the decision on whether a particular school is safe to open is totally up to school districts, not members of Congress.

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