Three national political players are looking to put the race in Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District on the map with new support for Democratic nominee Christina Finello.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Thursday added Finello, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s bid for a third term, to its Red-to-Blue program. That effort “arms top-tier candidates with organizational and fundraising support,” according to the committee.
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos of Illinois, who chairs the committee, said the district, which includes all of Bucks County and a slice of Montgomery County, is ‘‘trending rapidly toward Democrats,” giving Finello momentum. Finello is an Ivyland Borough Council member and served as deputy director of the county’s Housing and Human Services Department.
Fitzpatrick’s campaign took notice, emailing supporters Wednesday to say his fundraising is lagging and to warn of “extremists” meddling in the race.
“Washington elites have already begun trying to spread their socialism further and further into our communities and at this rate, our strong common-sense ideals could become a thing of the past,” Fitzpatrick’s email to supporters said.
Fitzpatrick’s campaign last week touted the $1.8 million in the bank it said he will show in a federal finance report due Thursday. Finello, who has trailed in resources, last week announced that she had raised $310,000 in the second quarter of this year. Her campaign said it would report $296,000 on hand.
Finello on Wednesday continued to try to link Fitzpatrick to President Donald Trump, accusing the two-term Republican in a digital ad of “failing to stand up” to the president.
“We’re looking forward to holding Brian Fitzpatrick accountable for standing silently by while Trump has created chaos and division, failed to protect Americans’ health and safety, and put corporate profits above hard-working families,” Finello’s campaign said in an email.
Fitzpatrick on Thursday released his own internal poll, done this month by Public Opinion Strategies, which showed him leading Finello 53% to 39%. Sixty-eight percent of the voters in that poll said they had never heard of Finello. And Biden led Trump by 51% to 42%, the poll found.