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Conservative political groups already targeting Senator Casey for 2012 election


JANUARY 2011, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Conservative political groups already targeting Senator Casey for 2012 election


LEHIGH VALLEY, December 16th- Conservative political groups are already targeting Pennsylvania Democratic United States Senator and labor supporter Robert Casey Jr. in the 2012 election.

In 2010 Democratic United States Senatorial candidate Joe Sestak was defeated by former Republican Lehigh Valley United States House of Representative (15th Legislative District) Pat Toomey who will replace Democrat Arlen Specter in Washington, in January.

Current Republican Lehigh Valley Congressman Charlie Dent is being mentioned as a possible candidate for the Senate seat.

Incumbent Charlie Dent defeated Democratic Congressional candidate John Callahan and a Independent candidate in the November election and will begin a fourth two-year term representing the Lehigh Valley in Washington, DC in January.

According to Newsweek magazine, Mr. Casey is one of 10 Democrats that are on the “endangered list” for re-election in 2012.

Mr. Casey is finishing his fourth-year of a six-year term representing Pennsylvania in Washington.

Senator Casey supported legislation important to the labor community in his first term in Washington, including voting to increase the federal minimum wage, voted for passage of the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCAct)/Card Check legislation, and voted in favor of extending unemployment benefits to long-term workers.

Conservative groups have already began buying advertising on radio stations, including in the Lehigh Valley, criticizing Mr. Casey’s voting record during his four-years in Washington.

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