GOP fails to get Carney (PA-10) to switch parties

Republicans are hoping other Democrats will follow the example of Parker Griffith (AL-05), who switched parties this week. According to the Politico,

Democratic Rep. Chris Carney received a phone call Wednesday from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) asking him to consider becoming a Republican, a top GOP official told POLITICO.

A spokesman for Carney declined to say if the congressman was considering such a switch.

"No further comment at this time," said Carney spokesman Josh Drobnyk, who would only confirm that the call took place.

In a brief interview, McCain declined to offer details about the conversation.

"I just said, `Whatever you do, I know that you'll make the right decision for the country,'" said the Arizonan.

Carney defeated Republican incumbent Don Sherwood in 2006. Pennsylvania's 10th district has a PVI of R+8. Carney voted for the stimulus bill and the House version of health care reform, so I doubt he could survive a GOP primary, even though he did vote against the climate change bill.

In any event, Carney has "no plans to change parties," according to a statement he released today.

Meanwhile, conservative Democrats Walt Minnick (ID-01) and Bobby Bright (AL-02) also confirmed that they not switching. Like Griffith, Minnick and Bright have opposed key items of the Democratic agenda.

Update [2009-12-23 21:47:11 by Jonathan Singer]: This story gives me the opportunity to post one of the most memorable political ads of all time, one that really helped seal the deal for Carney in 2006. An ad by his opponent.

Tags: AL-02, Bobby Bright, Chris Carney, Congress, House, ID-01, John McCain, PA-10, Walt Minnick (all tags)

Comments

4 Comments

what an ad...

I really don't know what they were thinking with that ad...

by JDF 2009-12-23 05:46PM | 0 recs
Re: what an ad...

He still received 47% of the vote.

by Charles Lemos 2009-12-24 06:12AM | 0 recs
Re: what an ad...

In that district Hitler, Ghengis Khan, and Richard Nixon's disembodied head, would all be able to get 47% of the vote.

by JDF 2009-12-24 11:14AM | 0 recs
Democrats have FAILED

I sometimes think we are a hopeless band of mopes.

How have not not been able to paint the Republican Party as a fringe group of lunatics and extremists that no sane person would even consider voting for or joining?

They give us so much ammo everyday and still we let them survive and perhaps thrive in 2010.   Why?   How?

We can be successful in 2010 if we just wedge the crap out the Republicans on the social issues and made them look as scary as they are.    Ask them:

Do you support the right to carry concealed weapons on college campuses.

Do you think abortion should be illegial.   Should doctors or women be put in jail for it?

Do you believe in evolution?

Do you support stem cell research?

Is global warming real?

Do you agree with Rush Limpbaugh that ___ (fill in the blank with the latest Rush whopper)?

by RichardFlatts 2009-12-24 03:01AM | 0 recs

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