Monday, September 17, 2012

Badey gets boost from DCCC rating

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has named George Badey, the Democratic candidate in the 7th Congressional District race, to its "Red to Blue" list, a list of the most competitive races in the country.

Badey, chairman of the Radnor Democratic Party, is running against U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan, R-7, of Upper Darby. Meehan, a former U.S. Attorney and Delaware County district attorney, is finishing up his first term in Congress.

Badey was previously listed on the DCCC's "Emerging Races" list race but got elevated to the "Red to Blue" list. Badey is one of 53 Democrats on the DCCC's "Red to Blue" list.

“This race is competitive because voters in the Seventh District are appalled by the fact that Pat Meehan voted to end Medicare as we know it – despite having pledged never to do so – and they're equally upset at his votes to restrict women's health care and reproductive rights,” said Badey said in a prepared statement. “They want someone to represent them who understands them, who will protect their priorities and their rights. I'm proud to be on the list of the most competitive races in the country and we're going to take back this district for the middle class families who live here.”

According to DCCC's website, the "Red to Blue" program "highlights top Democratic campaigns across the country, and offers them financial, communications, grassroots, and strategic support. The program introduces Democratic supporters to competitive candidates in order to help expand the fundraising base for these campaigns."

UPDATE: Below is a response from John Elizandro, a spokesman for the Meehan campaign.
"There's a reason every prominent elections expert considers Congressman Meehan a strong favorite for victory in November: his proven record of independent leadership and his focus on creating jobs, growing our economy and balancing our budget. Pat Meehan’s commitment to fighting for the 7thDistrict’s middle-class families has made him the universal favorite among national political forecasters."

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