Jan 06, 2014

DCCC Chairman Steve Israel’s Statement on Congressman Gerlach’s Retirement in PA-06

DCCC Chairman Steve Israel released the following statement after Congressman Jim Gerlach announced his retirement in Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional district.

“John Boehner and the Tea Party put up the ‘No Moderates Allowed’ sign on their caucus and now the few remaining moderates are jumping ship from a Congress that is so broken that its leaders have already admitted they will do nothing this year to help hardworking families. Jim Gerlach marks the twelfth Republican to retire or resign, joining others like Tom Latham, Jon Runyan and Frank Wolf who have decided to retire rather than continue to defend this indefensible Republican Congress’s reckless dysfunction that is hurting the middle class and failing to create jobs.

“As these Republicans jump ship, Democrats’ battlefield for 2014 continues to expand. Republicans now have to defend this competitive district because the Democratic candidate will be committed to strengthening the middle class, focusing on job creation and taking commonsense steps like increasing the minimum wage, while the Republican candidate will be beholden to the same type of Republicans who now run this dysfunctional Republican Congress.”

DISTRICT INFO:

  • President Obama won the district in 2008 with 53 percent and nearly won it in 2012.
  • Senator Casey won the district with 54.8 percent in 2006.

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