Pelosi to headline Critz fundraiser, boosting chances in Dem Lt. Gov. Primary

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Former-Congressman Mark Critz’s campaign for Lieutenant Governor is getting some major support in the form of a fundraiser with national Democratic leadership next week.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, and Pittsburgh Congressman Mike Doyle will be special guests next Monday at the 116 Club in Washington, D.C. to support Critz’s Lieutenant Governor bid.

Also signed on to attend are Congressmen Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), John Larson (D-CT), and Mike Capuano (D-MA).

Mark Critz photo

Mark Critz

Critz has been running on the message that he was a team player in Congress, and wants to play that same role to help the eventual Democratic gubernatorial candidate win statewide and govern effectively.  Pelosi’s support backs up Critz’s campaign message, demonstrating that he is a strong Democrat despite his moderate voting record.

Critz now has the advantage of having something concrete to point to when his moderate record is attacked by his opponents: if Pelosi and Hoyer thought he wasn’t a loyal enough Democrat or that he had hurt their agenda in the House, they wouldn’t be boosting his campaign efforts.

And then there’s the expected boost to his campaign coffers.

Lieutenant Governor races rarely generate excitement, which makes generating dollars more difficult. But with big-name backers stepping up to the plate for Critz, he will have a good shot at generating the money he needs to make it through the primary.

Other Democrats running for Lieutenant Governor include Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski, Harrisburg city official Brenda Alton, Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith, and State Senator Mike Stack.

About Jake Sternberger

Jake Sternberger was a contributing writer at Keystone Politics from 2011 to 2014.
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