Lawyer Bill Vinsko (D-Pa.) is taking steps to challenge freshman Rep. Lou Barletta (R) next year.
“We’ve officially filed the paperwork to become a candidate in the 11th Congressional district as of last week,” Vinsko told Roll Call on Monday. “We’re moving full steam ahead.”
Barletta defeated longtime Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D) by just less than 10 points last November. The northeastern Pennsylvania district is competitive, but that stands to change when GOP state lawmakers redraw the Congressional map later this year.
Nonetheless, Vinsko said he’s “pretty confident” that his home of Wilkes-Barre will stay in the 11th district under the new map.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.