Pennsylvania: State Legislator Mulling Challenge to Carney

Posted December 14, 2009 at 6:44pm

A local Republican lawmaker is considering challenging Rep. Christopher Carney (D), according to a Republican operative with knowledge of the situation.

State Rep. Mike Peifer (R) is apparently thinking about making the race against Carney, who easily won re-election last year in his traditionally Republican district.

Carney’s district has historically voted for Republicans, voting for the GOP presidential nominee in 2004 and 2008 with 60 percent and 54 percent of the vote, respectively. However, Republicans have been unable to recruit a strong challenger to run against him so far this cycle.

At the end of September, Carney reported having $394,000 in cash on hand.