Pa. law­maker tar­geted by GOP group over stance

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By Alan Fram

WASH­ING­TON — A po­lit­i­cal com­mit­tee that sup­ports House Repub­li­can can­di­dates is us­ing dig­i­tal ads to ac­cuse three House Democrats, in­clud­ing Penn­syl­va­nia’s Matt Cartwright, of back­ing “a rad­i­cal scheme to im­peach Pres­i­dent Trump.”

The ads are among the first to use House Democrats’ im­peach­ment in­quiry into Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to tar­get that party’s con­gres­sional can­di­dates.

The spots by the Con­gres­sional Lead­er­ship Fund tar­get vet­eran Cartwright, whose district cov­ers north­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia, as well as fresh­men Reps. Elaine Luria of Vir­ginia and Elissa Slotkin of Michi­gan. They are among 31 House Democrats rep­re­sent­ing dis­tricts that Trump car­ried in 2016.

Cartwright, who for­merly rep­re­sented parts of the Le­high Val­ley, won his House seat by 10 points in 2016 even as Trump car­ried it by 10 points. Cartwright rep­re­sents the 8th District.

The Luria ad, largely ver­ba­tim to the other two, says the ef­fort is “Dividing the coun­try. Tear­ing us apart. Be­cause she doesn’t like the pres­i­dent.”

The group plans to run the ads dur­ing Congress’ cur­rent two-week re­cess.

Laura Ol­son, The Morn­ing Call’s Wash­ing­ton cor­re­spon­dent, con­trib­uted to this story.

J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE/AP

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-8th District, is be­ing tar­geted in ads.

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