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Meet Conor Lamb: The Handpicked Choice For The Democrat Flock

- February 7, 2018

Acting As An Anti-Tax Reform Mouthpiece, Lamb Wants To Pull The Wool Over The Eyes Of Pennsylvanians


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Conor Lamb is the Democratic candidate in the special election for Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District.
  • Lamb has been vocal in his opposition to the tax reform bill, parroting Democrat talking points word-for-word while ignoring the benefits already being passed on to his potential constituents.
  • Attempting to hide his far-left bona fides, Lamb has avoided tough questions and instead given vague and ambiguous answers on the campaign trail.
    • Lamb originally refused to answer questions about whether he supported House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi--then later stated that he did not.
    • Lamb has yet to take stances on issues important to his constituents such as the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
    • Although Lamb claims to be pro-Second Amendment, he stated he believes a "conversation" should take place about gun regulations.
  • Despite his attempt to distance himself from Pelosi, his campaign has received funding from national democrats with close ties to the Minority Leader.
    • Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and AmeriPAC, the PAC he chairs, have given Lamb a combined $7,000 in contributions.
    • Members of the Pennsylvanian House Democratic Coalition, who support Pelosi as Minority Leader, hosted a $1,000-per-person fundraiser for Lamb in January.

Conor Lamb Is The Democrat Candidate For Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District

Democrat Conor Lamb Is Running Against Pennsylvania Republican State Rep. Rick Saccone To Represent Westmoreland County, Traditionally A "Deeply Republican District." "Lamb, 33, is running against state Rep. Rick Saccone, 59, in a deeply Republican district stretching from Westmoreland County to the state's western edge." (Wes Venteicher, "After Alabama Win, Democrats Focus On Flipping Deep-Red District In Western Pennsylvania," Pittsburgh Tribune-Review , 12/14/17)

The Special Election To Fill The Seat Previously Held By Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) Will Take Place On March 13, 2018. "A special election to replace Murphy, who resigned in October following a scandal surrounding an extramarital affair, will be held March 13." (Wes Venteicher, "After Alabama Win, Democrats Focus On Flipping Deep-Red District In Western Pennsylvania," Pittsburgh Tribune-Review , 12/14/17)

In 2016, Hillary Clinton Received Only 38.5% Of The District's Vote; And, The Incumbent Republican Candidate Faced No Democratic Challenger And Was Easily Reelected To Represent Pennsylvania's 18th District In The House. "Democrats, once dominant in southwestern Pennsylvania, spotted a rare opening. The 18th Congressional District, which stretches from the Ohio border past Pittsburgh's conservative suburbs, was gerrymandered in 2011 to reelect the once-popular Murphy. In 2016, no Democrat bothered to challenge him, and Hillary Clinton won just 38.5 percent of the district's vote." (David Weigel, "Democrats Pick Former Federal Prosecutor For Special Congressional Election In Pennsylvania," The Washington Post , 11/19/17)

LAMB HAS AVOIDED SAYING WHERE HE STANDS OR WHAT HE BELIEVES ON KEY ISSUES OF IMPORTANCE TO HIS POTENTIAL CONSTITUENTS

Lamb's Political Stances On Key Issues That Affect The District Remain Uncertain As He Avoids Tough Questions

Lamb's Stances On Issues Such As TPP, NAFTA, The Paris Climate Deal, And The Clean Power Plan Remain Unclear. "It's unclear where Lamb stands on issues like U.S. membership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, NAFTA and the Paris climate deal, and he has yet to comment on the administration's decision to ax the Clean Power Plan." (Nick Bowlin, "Pa. Special Election Will Test Democratic Midterm Momentum," E&E News, 1/4/17)

Former Democratic Representative Jason Altmire Stated That Lamb Is "Avoiding The Tough Questions," Specifically Referencing Lamb's Previous Hesitation To Support Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). "But Democrats also stressed that for Lamb to sway moderate voters, he must not 'equivocate' on tough questions, like whether he supports Pelosi, said former Democratic Rep. Jason Altmire. Lamb told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that it was 'presumptuous' to ask whether he'd support Pelosi as speaker of the House. 'He's avoiding the tough questions, which is different from giving solidly moderate or conservative answers,' said Altmire, who used to represent a neighboring district. 'Time will tell if that plays well or not, but he's going to be called upon to give more certainty on these important questions.'" (Elena Scheider, "The Next Special Election That Could Portend A Democratic Wave," Politico , 12/23/17)

Lamb Claims He Is Pro Second Amendment, But Has Stated We Need To Have A "Conversation" About Gun Regulations

Lamb Said That He Believes "We Need To Have The Conversation" About Gun Regulations. "Pressed on social issues, he told reporters, 'I think we need to have the conversation,' about gun regulation." (Chris Potter, Democrats Choose Conor Lamb, A Former Federal Prosecutor, To Replace Tim Murphy," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , 11/19/17)

  • Lamb Also Claims To Be Pro-Second Amendment. "Lamb, a practicing Catholic, supports the law of the land on abortion and is pro-Second Amendment." (Salena Zito, "Former US Attorney Becomes The Democratic Nominee For Tim Murphy's Old Seat In The House," The Washington Examiner , 11/19/17)

DESPITE TRYING TO DISTANCE HIMSELF FROM NANCY PELOSI, NATIONAL DEMOCRATS CLOSE TO PELOSI ARE HELPING FUND HIS CAMPAIGN

Lamb Has Said Minority Leader Pelosi Should Be Replaced As The House Democratic Leader

Lamb Says That, If Elected, He Would Want To Replace Minority Leader Pelosi As The Democratic Leader In The House. "The Democratic nominee in the year's first special congressional election said today that he'd like his party to replace Nancy Pelosi as its leader in the House, a stance that could undercut one of the Republican Party's major campaign plans in 2018." (David Weigel, "Democrat In Special House Election Won't Back Pelosi For Leader," The Washington Post , 1/8/17)

  • Lamb Originally Said That Is "Too Presumptuous" To Ask If He Would Support House Minority Leader Pelosi For Speaker If The Democratic Party Regained The Majority. "In the news conference, Lamb said it was 'too presumptuous' to ask if he would back House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for speaker if the party regained a majority in the House. In their first statement on Lamb's nomination, Pennsylvania Republicans called him "Nancy Pelosi's handpicked candidate" and "a rubber stamp for Nancy Pelosi." A Pelosi spokesman said she has never communicated with Lamb." (David Weigel, "Rural Democrats, Left For Dead, See An Opening In Pennsylvania," The Washington Post , 11/21/17)
  • Lamb Has Been Criticized For Being "Nancy Pelosi's Handpicked Candidate" And A "Rubber Stamp" For The Minority Leader. "In their first statement on Lamb's nomination, Pennsylvania Republicans called him 'Nancy Pelosi's handpicked candidate' and 'a rubber stamp for Nancy Pelosi.'" (David Weigel, "Rural Democrats, Left For Dead, See An Opening In Pennsylvania," The Washington Post , 11/21/17)

But Minority Whip Steny Hoyer And The PAC He Chairs Have Given Lamb Several Thousand Dollars In Contributions

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) Donated $2,000 From His Campaign To Conor Lamb For Congress. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 2/7/18)

AmeriPAC Donated $5,000 To Conor Lamb For Congress. ( Federal Election Commission , Accessed 2/7/18)

  • Representative Hoyer Is The Honorary Chairman And Founder Of AmeriPAC. "AMERIPAC is a Leadership Political Action Committee that was founded in 1992 by its Honorary Chairman, Steny H. Hoyer, in order to help elect Democratic leaders to the United States Congress. ." ("AmeriPAC: The Fund For A Greater America," AmeriPAC , Accessed 2/7/18)

Members Of The Pennsylvania House Democratic Coalition Also Put On A Fundraiser For Conor Lamb

Some Members Of The Pennsylvania House Democratic Coalition, Including Representative Brendan Boyle (D-PA), Put On A $1,000-Per-Person Fundraiser For Lamb In January. "And some members of the Pennsylvania Democratic delegation are making the case for Mr. Lamb. A group of them hosted a $1,000-a-person fund-raiser for him in Washington on Wednesday. 'I'm more bullish on our chances than I think the consensus,' said Representative Brendan Boyle, Democrat of Pennsylvania. 'While it would be an upset, we can win it in this environment. The Wisconsin results last night show that.'" (Jonathan Martin and Julie Bosman, "With Trump's Visit To Pennsylvania, G.O.P. Scrambles To Save A House Seat," The New York Times , 1/17/18)

Joining All But Four Of Their Democratic Colleagues, The Entire Pennsylvania House Democratic Coalition Voted For Minority Leader Pelosi For Speaker In 2017. "House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) was most Democrats' pick for House speaker on Tuesday, but, as expected, she lost the gavel to Republican Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Some were watching to see if Democrats would back away from the minority leader, especially during a public vote, after the first serious challenge to her authority last month. But only a few did. Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) voted for Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) voted for Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) voted for Cooper." (Sarah D. Wire, "Just A Few Democrats Defect From Nancy Pelosi During House Speaker Election," Los Angeles Times , 1/3/17)

LAMB HAS SIDED WITH DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP AND OPPOSED TAX CUTS FOR PENNSYLVANIANS

Lamb Has Said The Republican Tax Cut Bill "Doesn't Address Any Real Problems" In Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, And Has Parroted Democrat Talking Points

Lamb Said That The Republican Tax Cut Bill Does Not "Address Any Of The Real Problems That We Have In This District." "'I don't see how it addresses any of the real problems that we have in this district,' Mr. Lamb said, citing the need to address crumbling infrastructure and opioid addiction." (Chris Potter, "Lamb, Saccone Both Hope For Blue-Collar Support In Special Congressional Election," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , 12/22/17)

  • Lamb Claimed Most Of The Benefits Of The Tax Cut Bill Go "To Corporations And The Wealthy" Despite The Fact That Most Middle-Class Families Are Expected To Get A Tax Cut. "While most middle-class families may expect a tax cut in the bill's early years, he said, 'most of it goes to corporations and the wealthy.'" (Chris Potter, "Lamb, Saccone Both Hope For Blue-Collar Support In Special Congressional Election," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , 12/22/17)

Lamb Claimed The Tax Cut Bill Is Giving Away A Trillion Dollars To The One Percent And Corporations And The "Rest Of Us" Are Going To Pay For It. "'We could have had a tax cut, and should have had a tax cut, without giving away a trillion dollars to the one percent and corporations,' Lamb said after a rally here. 'And when I say they gave it away, the rest of us are going to have to pay for that in the future.'" (David Weigel, "The First Congressional Election Of 2018: A Test Of Trump In Western Pennsylvania," The Washington Post , 1/17/18)

  • In Order To Pay For The Tax Cut Bill, Lamb Said That "They Are Going To Come After" Social Security And Medicare And That Future Generations Are Going To Have To Pay Off The Debt. "They're going to come for Social Security. They're going to come after Medicare. My kids are going to have to pay off that debt." (David Weigel, "The First Congressional Election Of 2018: A Test Of Trump In Western Pennsylvania," The Washington Post , 1/17/18)

Conor Lamb Tweeted That The Republican Tax Bill Was "Written By & For Corporate Lobbyists." "Complete betrayal of the middle class. We were promised infrastructure & jobs, instead we get big tax cuts for the rich written by & for corporate lobbyists. People in #PA18 are tired of being lied to. We'll put an end to this hypocrisy on March 13th." (Conor Lamb, Twitter Feed , 12/1/17)

BUT DESPITE LAMB'S FALSE CLAIMS, PENNSYLVANIA WORKERS AND CONSUMERS ARE ALREADY BENEFITTING FROM THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT

Pennsylvania Businesses Are Passing The Benefits From The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act On To Workers And Consumers

As A Result Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act, AT&T Will Pay $1,000 Bonuses To Over 200,000 "'Union-Represented, Non-Management" Workers, And Will Invest An Additional $1 Billion Into The United States In 2018 Alone. "AT&T, the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier, said it will pay $1,000 bonuses to more than 200,000 employees and invest an additional $1 billion in the United States in 2018, once the tax reform bill is signed into law. An AT&T spokesman said the bonuses were unrelated to the $1,000 that 20,000 AT&T Mobility employees will receive as part of an agreement with the Communications Workers of America announced last week. Employees eligible for the bonus are all 'union-represented, non-management and front-line managers,' AT&T said in a statement." ("AT&T, Two Banks Offer Bonuses, Pay Hikes In Wake Of U.S. Tax Reform," Reuters , 12/20/17)

  • There Are 2,200 AT&T Employees In Pennsylvania. "More than 2,200 AT&T employees working in Pennsylvania as of June 30, 2017." ("Jobs And Economic Support," AT&T, Accessed 1/3/18)

Bank Of America Will Give About 145,000 Employees $1,000 Bonuses, CEO Brian Moynihan Cited The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act As The Reason For The Companies Generosity. "Bank of America will give some of its employees a $1,000 bonus, citing the tax bill that was just signed into law. 'Beginning in 2018, we will see benefits from the tax reform ... in the form of lower corporate tax rates,' CEO Brian Moynihan said in an internal memo to employees obtained by CNBC. He also said that about 145,000 employees will receive the bonus." (Fred Imbert, "Bank Of America Is Giving Some Employees A $1,000 Bonus, Citing Tax Bill," CNBC , 12/22/17)

  • Bank Of America Has 62 Financial Centers In Pennsylvania. ("Pennsylvania," Bank Of America , Accessed 1/3/18)

After The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Passed, Comcast Announced It Would Give $1,000 Bonuses To Over 100,000 Employees And Invest $50 Billion Into Its U.S. Infrastructure In The Next 5 Years. "Cable provider Comcast Corp also said it would give $1,000 bonuses to more than 100,000 employees and invest $50 billion over the next five years in its infrastructure." ("AT&T, Two Banks Offer Bonuses, Pay Hikes In Wake Of U.S. Tax Reform," Reuters , 12/20/17)

PNC Financial Services Said It Will Give $1,000 Bonuses To 90 Percent Of Their Employees Below A Certain Pay Grade, And Will Increase Their Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour By The End Of 2018. "PNC Financial Services PNC, +0.47% became the latest company to say it will pay special bonuses to the bulk of its employees, among other workforce investments, after the tax bill was signed into law Friday. The financial services company said it will provide a $1,000 cash payment in the first quarter of 2018 to about 47,500 employees, or the about 90% of its workforce who are below a certain compensation band. In addition, PNC said it would raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by the end of 2018, provide an additional $1,500 for employees in the defined benefit pension plan and make a $200 million contribution to the PNC Foundation, which supports early childhood education." (Tomi Kilgore, "PNC To Pay $1,000 Bonuses, Raise Minimum Wage After Tax Bill Signed," Market Watch , 12/22/17)

  • PNC Financial Services Has 20 Wealth Management Offices In Pennsylvania. ("Wealth Management And Hawthorn Office Locations," PNC , Accessed 1/3/18)

Pennsylvania Community Bank, American Bank, Announced That Because Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act It Will Give All Of Its Employees A $1,000 Bonus. "American Bank Incorporated (OTC Pink: AMBK), the parent company of American Bank, today announced that it will be giving its employees an additional $1,000 bonus, citing the tax bill that was just signed into law. American Bank, a community bank headquartered in Allentown Pennsylvania, is joined by a list of larger corporations and Fortune 500 companies across the country that have taken this sort of action following the passage of the bill signed by President Trump on Friday that overhauls the U.S. tax code." (Press Release, "American Bank Announces $1,000 Bonus For Employees, Citing Tax Bill," American Bank , 12/22/17)

  • American Bank Employs 60 Pennsylvanians. "American Bank became the first Lehigh Valley business to publicly announce it is paying $1,000 bonuses to its 60 workers in connection with the tax bill signed Friday by President Donald Trump." ("American Bank PA : Among Companies Promising Tax Bill Bonuses To Employees," 4Traders , 12/22/17)

AccuWeather Committed To Giving All Of Its Employees Bonuses At The End Of 2018, Citing "Strong Confidence In The Growing U.S. And Global Economy Now That The Tax Bill Has Passed." "AccuWeather, the world's fastest-growing provider of forecasts and warnings and a global leader in digital media and weather-related big data, today announced it is pleased to be providing special year-end bonuses to all employees. AccuWeather said the bonuses are possible due to the company's robust financial performance in 2017 and strong confidence in the growing U.S. and global economy now that the Tax Bill has passed." (Press Release, "AccuWeather Announces Special Year-End Bonus And Other Investments To Cap A Year Of Strong Financial Performance, Superior Accuracy," AccuWeather, 12/26/17)

  • AccuWeather's Global Headquarters Is Based In State College, Pennsylvania. "AccuWeather's operation is housed in its Global Headquarters, a 52,000 square foot facility built on 6.5 acres of land near State College, PA.." ("About AccuWeather, Inc. And AccuWeather.Com," AccuWeather, Accessed 1/18/18)

Pennsylvania Based Customers Bank, Is Passing Along Tax Savings To Customers In The Form Of Higher Earnings On Checking Accounts. "Wyomissing, PA (January 5, 2018) - Customers Bank, one of the region's leading community banks with operations in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and New England, announced today that it will pass some of its tax savings along to consumers following the passage of the U.S. Tax Reform Bill- starting with a Bonus Checking earning 2.00% APY for consumers across America. This offer surpasses the interest rates paid by most money market accounts and checking accounts which, according to BankRate.com, pay average annual rates of only 0.06% APY." (Press Release, "Customers Bank Announces Bonus Checking Earning 2.00% APY Following Passage Of Tax Reform Bill," Customers Bank, 1/5/18)

NexTeir Bank, Based In Butler, PA And Pittsburghs 14th Largest Bank, Is Providing Its Workforce With $1,000 Bonuses After The Tax Bill Passed. "Butler-based NexTier Bank is investing in its workforce with a one-time bonus of $1,000 for all employees as a result of the tax reform bill passed in December. This is in addition to annual bonuses paid in late 2017. NexTier is Pittsburgh's 14th-largest bank as ranked by deposit market share. Privately held, it has 27 branches and assets of more than $1 billion." (Patty Tascarella, "NexTier Paying Bonuses Due To Tax Reform," Pittsburgh Business Times , 1/12/18)

Pittsburgh's F.N.B. Corporation Will Raise Its Minimum Wage To $15 And And Make An Additional One-Time 401(K) Contribution For Its Employees. "Pittsburgh-based F.N.B. Corporation said it would raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour by the end of 2019 and make an additional one-time 401(k) contribution to eligible employees." ("Additional Announcements Of Post-Tax Reform Bank Actions," Banking Journal , 1/22/18)

1st Summit Bank Based In Johnstown, Pennsylvania Increased Their Salary Range And Charitable Giving In Addition To Giving Employees A $1,000 Bonus. "Johnstown, Pa.-based 1st Summit Bank provided a $1,000 bonus to all full-time employees on top of 2017 year-end bonuses, raised its salary ranges and increased its charitable giving budget by 10 percent." ("Additional Announcements Of Post-Tax Reform Bank Actions," Banking Journal , 1/22/18)


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