Lt. Governor John Fetterman formally declares candidacy for the US Senate Information | Pittsburgh
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After weeks of pointing out the possibility, Lt. Governor John Fetterman (D-Braddock) will start his official run for the US Senate in 2022 on Monday, February 8th. The Pennsylvania seat is available after the US Senator. Pat Toomey (R-Lehigh) announced last year that he will not seek re-election.
Fetterman, who serves alongside Governor Tom Wolf, D-York, ran for lieutenant governor in 2018, defeating reigning Mike Stack and several other challengers in Democratic Elementary School. He then took on the role when Wolf won re-election in 2018. During his tenure, Fetterman made a name for himself as the more vocal progressive between himself and Wolf, pushing the governor to speak out directly on issues like the legalization of recreational marijuana. Prior to taking office as Lieutenant Governor, Fetterman was Mayor of Braddock from 2005 to 2008.
In his campaign announcement, Fetterman portrayed himself as someone who can appeal to many different groups in Pennsylvania, including more conservative voters who live in rural or small towns, and even Democrats who voted for Donald Trump.
“We don’t have to agree on everything, but I’ll always tell you what I think is the truth,” he said in his announcement video. “I will fight, not for part of Pennsylvania, not for a party from Pennsylvania, but for a Pennsylvania.”
In a press release accompanying the announcement, Fetterman also noted his support for several progressive issues, including his support for trade unions, criminal justice reform and protecting people in the LGBTQ community. In an interview, he also said he supported ending the filibuster rule in the Senate.
“I think every community and county in Pennsylvania is worth fighting for,” said Fetterman. “As a member of the US Senate, I will never stop fighting for these core values and these communities as I have for the past 20 years.”
This will be Fetterman’s second race in the Senate. It ran in 2016 but lost the nomination to Democrat Katie McGinty, who in turn lost the race to reigning Toomey. But Fetterman still received significant support during his first run, garnering 20% of the vote, and winning Allegheny County.
The announcement of Fetterman’s second Senate run comes as no surprise as the media attention he has been wooing since he was mayor has increased significantly in recent months. Fetterman appears regularly on national television to express his contempt for Trump or to advocate legal marijuana. When Trump threatened to file lawsuits to discredit votes in Pennsylvania, NBC said: “[Trump] could sue a ham sandwich and it won’t change a thing. ”
Along with his wife, Gisele Fetterman, he has been featured on news outlets across the state, as well as in Teen Vogue and Glamor magazines.
As national attention for Fetterman has grown, outsiders have learned to appreciate or marvel at the first thing anyone notices about Fetterman, which is his 6-foot-8-inch height, abundant tattoos, and aggressively casual looks. The man is known for wearing the same worker’s button-down on almost every photo.
For all the attention he gets on social media and the news, Fetterman is not without his critics from both walks of the political spectrum. Last month, Republicans in the Pennsylvania General Assembly said he had broken process in trying to get lawmakers to the seat of Senator Jim Brewster (D-McKeesport), whose seat the Republicans refused. They also passed a bill specifically targeting Fetterman for hanging flags with a marijuana leaf and a Pride rainbow out of his office window.
During his first run in the Senate, the University of Pittsburgh Young Democratic Socialists declined to endorse Fetterman, citing doubts because Fetterman endorsed former MP Paul Costa (D-Wilkins), who they believed was not an access to abortion. In January 2020, Fetterman was also criticized by environmentalists for a story in the New York Times in which he discussed why he was against an outright fracking ban.
In its press release, Fetterman’s team said they raised $ 1.3 million in donations over the past few weeks that they received before Fetterman officially announced its campaign. Fetterman’s campaign was backed by the United Steelworkers District 10 and United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 unions.