We have self proclaimed Socialists serving in the Pennsylvania State House and in Congress. Socialist ideas are no…
He linked to his campaign’s donation page, telling followers, “We need your help to make sure socialism does not grow roots in our communities.”
The incumbent Smucker defeated Democratic candidate Jess King in the November general election to secure his second term in Congress. His central Pennsylvania district includes Lancaster County and part of York County.
The state GOP also pulled out the s-word in a Tuesday press release about Marc Friedenberg, the Democratic party’s 12th Congressional District candidate. Like King, Friedenberg supports Medicare-for-All as well as the new Green Deal advanced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., a member of Democratic Socialists of America.
Neither Friedenberg nor King call themselves socialists.
In January, three-DSA backed candidates were seated in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives.
Democratic representatives Elizabeth Fiedler, of Philadelphia, and Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato, both of Pittsburgh, have spent their first days in office drafting legislation to improve labor practices, voting security, and augment municipal taxing powers.
Public polling data show that “socialism” remains a dirty word among the American electorate, even though a growing number of voters support policies put forth by socialist candidates and elected officials.
Updated, 4 p.m.