A Pennsylvania Congressional candidate believes Republicans need to “protect the will of the American people” by winning districts like his where he feels voters are “energized” talking about impeachment.
The retired U.S. Army Airborne Ranger and Republican candidate for Pennsylvania’s 17th District is taking on incumbent Conor Lamb, a Democrat who won the 2018 midterm election by running as a “moderate,” and someone Sean Parnell believes is not best serving his constituents.
(Video: Fox News)
“PA-17 is a remarkable district,” Parnell told “Fox & Friends” host Ainsley Earhardt. “I think it’s a district that Trump would have won had it existed in 2016.”
The 38-year-old decorated combat veteran and recipient of two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart believes voters are not happy with Democrats for focusing on impeaching Trump and not representing the issues and needs they sent them to Washington to address.
“I think most people think to themselves, we sent Congress to Washington to work on behalf of the American people. And, it’s very clear that Nancy Pelosi has made the mission of the Democratic Party to impeach this president,” he said.
“Lamb votes with Nancy Pelosi 97 percent of the time. He votes with Ilhan Omar and votes with AOC 90 percent of the time. He has a 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood, but says he’s pro-life,” Parnell continued. “You can’t be a ‘moderate’ and hold those positions.”
Parnell noted that he has “never seen people so energized” talking about impeachment, and added that people in places like Western Pennsylvania, who voted overwhelmingly for Trump in 2016, are “wondering what Congress is doing for them.”
Republicans, Parnell contended, “have to unseat people like Conor Lamb so that we can protect the will of the American people and do what’s right and best on behalf of this great country we live in.”
Meanwhile, in the wake of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement Thursday that Democrats will “proceed with articles of impeachment” against the president, there appears to be some defections from Democrats seeking reelection in vulnerable districts.
CNN’s Jake Tapper noted that New Jersey Democratic Rep. Jeff Van Drew would be voting against the articles of impeachment.
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) December 5, 2019
Van Drew, the freshman representing New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District is not alone. Collin Peterson, representing Minnesota’s 7th District, joined Van Drew in October when they crossed the aisle to vote with Republicans against formalizing the House impeachment inquiry.
Peterson’s district was won by Trump in 2016 by nearly 31 points.
Michigan Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee followed Pelosi’s statement Thursday by noting that his constituents were not pressing for impeachment but would rather see lawmakers focus on “kitchen-table” issues.
“Mostly, I hear that they want us to work on issues like the prescription drug prices, trade, and the economy,” he told Fox News. “They do offer their thoughts on this and I think that’s positive, but mostly the American people want us to work on the issues that affect them at the kitchen table every day.”
Moments after Speaker Pelosi announced the House would move forward with articles of impeachment, @RepDanKildee admits on Live TV that people in Michigan really just want Congress working on kitchen table issues. @AmericaNewsroom @SandraSmithFox pic.twitter.com/6OcByvvdwC
— Michigan Rising Action (@MIRisingAction) December 5, 2019
Conservative author and political commentator Paul Sperry compiled a list of 31 Democrats representing districts won by Trump in 2016 who could lose their seats if Democrats move ahead to vote for impeaching the president.
Tom O’Halleran (D-Ariz.)
Lucy McBath’s (D-Ga.)
Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.)
Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.)
Abby Finkenauer (D-Iowa)
Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa)
Cindy Axne’s (D-Iowa)
Jared Golden (D-Maine)
Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.)
Haley Stevens (D-Mich.)
Angie Craig (D-Minn.)
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) November 22, 2019
Antonio Delgado (D-N.Y.)
Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.)
Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.)
Conor Lamb (D-Pa.)
Joe Cunningham (D-S.C.)
Ben McAdams (D-Utah)
Elaine Luria’s (D-Va.)
Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.)
Ron Kind (D-Wis.)
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— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) November 22, 2019
Despite all the signs ahead of them, Democrats continue to move forward with their sham impeachment, all the while driving up support for Trump.
Editor’s Note: This post has been updated to reflect Sean Parnell’s correct age.
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