GOP fails to get Carney (PA-10) to switch parties
by desmoinesdem, Wed Dec 23, 2009 at 04:35:24 PM EST
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.