The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) says incumbent Democratic Congressman Chris Carney’s (PA-10th) re-election hopes continue to fade as voters grow more and more frustrated with his partisan record that has failed to create jobs and piled up backbreaking debt. A new poll shows GOP challenger Tom Marino leading Speaker Pelosi’s loyal Democrat Chris Carney.
“Whit Ayres, Jon McHenry, and Dan Judy just completed a series of polls in twelve key congressional districts on the East Coast. (Another two batches of polls in the near future will look at key races in the heartland and West Coast.) Their polls, conducted for American Action Forum on July 28, 29, 31, and August 1, with 4,800 likely general-election voters — 400 each in [each sampled district.] In aggregate, they find 35 percent of the voters in these districts say their representative deserves reelection while 52 percent say it is time for someone else …,” said the NRCC
The American Action Forum (AAF) was formed early in 2010 by a prominent and wealthy group of GOP heavyweights. The groups are aiming at revitalizing the party’s policy offerings, then pay for ads to spread the message.
The AAF, a 501(c)(3) group, acts as a Republican policy forum, while the American Action Network, a 501(c)(4) organization, will fund ads and other outreach. Doug Holtz-Eakin, the former CBO director and GOP strategist, will head the forum, while Rob Collins, a former top aide to Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), will head the more politically-oriented network.
The American Action Forum and Network started its life with some big names to attract donations. Ex-Sens. Coleman, George Allen (R-VA) and Mel Martinez (R-FL), ex-Reps. Jim Nussle (R-IA), Tom Reynolds (R-NY) and Susan Moliarni (R-NY) and major GOP donors Fred Malek, Isaac Applbaum, Dylan Glenn and Gregory Slayton will all serve on the board. Top GOP strategist Maria Cino and ex-Amb. C. Boyden Gray are also board members.
Ex-Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN), who lost his seat in ’08 and who held a top post at the Republican Jewish Coalition, will serve as the Network’s CEO.
“Pennsylvania 10: Despite challenger Tom Marino having just 59 percent name recognition compared to Rep. Chris Carney’s 94 percent name recognition, Marino leads on the ballot by a 52 to 37 percent margin.” (Jim Geraghty, “Good Signs for GOP in New Batch of Polls from Key House Districts,” National Review Online, 8/16/2010)
“It’s clear that Chris Carney has forgotten that his job is to represent Northeastern Pennsylvanians because he continues to stand up for Speaker Pelosi and her partisan, tax-and-spend agenda which has failed to create jobs. Carney’s abandoned voters in favor of his Washington leaders on important issues like government-run healthcare, the failed stimulus bill and tax increases, which is why he’s in trouble this fall,” said Tory Mazzola, NRCC Spokesman
Carney spokesperson Josh Drobnyk issued the following response.
“This is a partisan poll done for special interests. Of course its results are going to be dramatically skewed. The people of the 10th District support someone who shares their values, not someone as ethically challenged as Tom Marino.”
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