Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Lamb Running Alone after Dropout Dem Opponent Ends His Campaign in 17th

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Lamb Running Alone after Dropout Dem Opponent Ends His Campaign in 17th

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The Democratic primary race in the newly redrawn 17th Congressional District ended almost before it started, when activist and consultant Ray Linsenmayer announced Sunday he is suspending his campaign and would support his opponent, U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb.

Mr. Lamb, who on Thursday was sworn in to represent Pennsylvania's 18th District after winning a March 13 special election, is now unopposed for his party's nomination in the May 15 primary.

Mr. Lamb, D-Mt. Lebanon, and Mr. Linsenmayer, who appeared together shortly after noon at a news conference at the Lamb campaign headquarters in Carnegie, said they shared similar views supporting improved economic conditions for working class families, Social Security, access to affordable health care, labor unions, retirement of student debt and strong responses to the opioid epidemic.

And both also agreed on the importance of winning the congressional seat in the November election and "retiring" Republican Keith Rothfus, who represents the 12th Congressional District now but will run in the 17th, under the new congressional map, redrawn by the state Supreme Court's anti-gerrymandering decision.

"I got into the race to make sure to beat Keith Rothfus in November, and I'm doing this to make sure the winner of the Democratic primary is in the best position to do that," said Mr. Linsenmayer, an organizer who brings his strong support in northern Allegheny County to the Lamb campaign. "In our debates together, we found a lot we agree about. I found we were saying a lot of the same things in different ways."

"Both of us agree that families in our district are working hard, but their pay and benefits are not what they should be," Mr. Linsenmayer said. "Social Security and Medicare are under threat now because a Republican Congress gave tax cuts to the rich and are now asking the middle class to pay for that."

Mr. Lamb, dressed casually with shirtsleeves rolled up, greeted about 40 supporters in a room still festooned with victory banners from his special election victory. …

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