It’s official: Rep. Lou BarlettaÂ announced Tuesday his runÂ in Pennsylvania’s SenateÂ race next year, joining a group of RepublicansÂ who wantÂ to unseat Democratic Sen. Bob Casey.
“I don’t see running for the Senate to represent Pennsylvania as an opportunity,” the RepublicanÂ said in a campaign video. “I see it as a responsibility.”
He included a barb against his Democratic opponent.
“Bob Casey is building up a war chest bankrolled by the most extreme liberal groups in the country,” Barletta said. “Pennsylvania deserves better than an obstructionist senator.”
The Pennsylvania Democratic Party called Barletta outÂ following his announcement, attacking his vote in favor of repealing and replacing Obamacare.
âIf Congressman Lou Barletta thinks voting to raise health care costs for seniors, gut protections for those with preexisting conditions, and send premiums skyrocketing will earn him a promotion, heâs in for a rude awakening,” Pennsylvania Democratic Party spokesman Max Steele said in a statement. “Congressman Barletta is out of step with Pennsylvania values and in the pocket of D.C. Republicans and wealthy special interests.”
Barletta is seeking to defeat Casey, who has represented Pennsylvania in the Senate since 2007, but he’ll have to win a Republican primary first. Others who have announcedÂ their plans to run include state Reps. Jim Christiana and Rick Saccone, as well asÂ Berwick borough councilman Andrew Shecktor.
Barletta so far isÂ the only Republican candidate who has served in Congress. He’s beenÂ in the House as Pennsylvania’s 11th congressional district representative since 2011. His victory meant the defeat of an incumbent Democrat, Paul Kanjorski, who had held the seat for more than two decades.
Prior to serving in Congress, Barletta was…