Pennsylvania: Lentz Scores Key County Labor Endorsement

Posted September 21, 2009 at 5:08pm

The Delaware County AFL-CIO announced last week that it endorsed state Rep. Bryan Lentz (D) in the race for Rep. Joe Sestak’s (D) 7th district seat.

“On Wednesday night, we unanimously endorsed Bryan Lentz for Congress,— AFL-CIO President Obie O’Brien said in a press release.

Sestak is running for Senate in 2010, leaving his southeastern Pennsylvania district up for grabs. Former U.S. Attorney Patrick Meehan announced last week that he will run for the GOP nomination in that district, setting up what is expected to be a competitive race in 2010.

The local AFL-CIO counts more than 7,000 members and family members in Delaware County, almost all of which lies within the 7th district boundaries.

Kanjorski Could Face Local Official in Primary

Lackawanna County Commissioner Corey O’Brien (D) filed paperwork last week with the Federal Election Commission to challenge longtime Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D) in the primary next April.

But according to the Scranton Times-Tribune, O’Brien said he has not made a decision about whether to challenge the 13-term incumbent Democrat.

“I filed it out of an abundance of caution to ensure I was following all of the appropriate rules,— O’Brien told the newspaper. “I’m still assessing the race, and I’ll make a decision by the end of the year.—

Kanjorski won re-election by a slim 4-point margin in 2008, defeating Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta (R) for the second time in his Congressional career.