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  •  I have the feeling Critz will bow out. (1+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY

    As drhoosierdem said, Critz was basically a seat-filler.

    and, FWIW, Altmire's current district is R+6, which is even redder than this

    'It's a troublesome world. All the people who're in it are troubled with troubles almost every minute. You ought to be thankful, a whole heaping lot, for the places and people you're lucky you're not.' - Dr. Seuss

    by KingofSpades on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 03:12:50 PM PST

    •  Disagree (0+ / 0-)

      Seat filler or not, once someone has a taste of being in Congress, that seat is NOT something they want to relinquish without a fight. Being a Congressman is one of the most interesting and fulfilling jobs if you are into politics at all, and for a career staffer like Critz, being a Congressman is a dream.

      •  Ted Kaufman, (2+ / 0-)
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        SaoMagnifico, MichaelNY

        Carte Goodwin, etc. disagree...

        21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

        by sapelcovits on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 04:53:22 PM PST

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      •  I just hope they keep it amicable if they (1+ / 0-)
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        do indeed primary each other.

        'It's a troublesome world. All the people who're in it are troubled with troubles almost every minute. You ought to be thankful, a whole heaping lot, for the places and people you're lucky you're not.' - Dr. Seuss

        by KingofSpades on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 06:04:20 PM PST

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        •  Labor Unions (1+ / 0-)
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          I see organized labor heavily lining up behind Critz and making life very, very difficult for Altmire... that would be ideal for Pennsylvania Republicans and I think it will happen. This Congress, Critz has been staking out his places to the left of Altmire.

          •  That depends. (2+ / 0-)
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            Did one or both of them vote for the recent trade pacts?  I could see that being the deciding factor about whether to be neutral or not, especially with the Colombian one.

            'It's a troublesome world. All the people who're in it are troubled with troubles almost every minute. You ought to be thankful, a whole heaping lot, for the places and people you're lucky you're not.' - Dr. Seuss

            by KingofSpades on Tue Dec 13, 2011 at 06:32:56 PM PST

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            •  From PoliticsPA (0+ / 0-)

              In a region where labor is king, Critz may have the inside track at their support. In addition to Altmire’s friction, Critz has spent much of his time in Congress targeting trade issues, particularly dealing with China.

              A source close to Critz said labor would be a big part of his campaign equation.

              “We’ve already had a number of unions ask us if they could be the first union to endorse,” he said. “Labor is gonna come on strong, and I can’t stress it enough.  In a small, low turnout Democratic primary in western Pa. labor is a huge factor.”

              Altmire predicted labor would stay on the fence.

              “I’m guessing, without having spoken with them directly but that they will probably either sit it out or help in a 50/50 way or neutral way,” Altmire said, noting that Critz has said that he, too, would have voted against the health care law. “When you look at the two candidates and the issues that those groups care about, I would be surprised if they would feel like it would be to their advantage to go all in one or the other.”

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