Failed Pennsylvania Senate candidate Dave McCormick has reportedly launched a new Senate campaign, this one against Sen. Bob Casey Jr.
McCormick, a former hedge fund executive, West Point graduate, Gulf War combat veteran and George W. Bush administration official, previously ran for the Senate in 2022 but lost to Mehmet Oz in the GOP primary race.
His announcement comes as a boon for Republicans because he’s reportedly able to self-finance and because his race could decide who holds the Senate.
“I have total faith and confidence in the people of Pennsylvania, but we need the right kind of leaders to turn things around and give us the opportunity we deserve,” McCormick told supporters at his campaign launch Thursday.
“That is why today, I am announcing my candidacy for the United States Senate. … I will unify the Republican Party in our great commonwealth,” he added.
I’m thrilled to announce my run to represent the people of Pennsylvania in the United States Senate!
— Dave McCormick (@DaveMcCormickPA) September 21, 2023
Asked by Fox News to explain why he’s running for the Senate again, McCormick said that “the motivation is the same in the sense that I really feel that the country’s headed in the wrong direction.”
“Whether it’s the immigration crisis or the economy or record high inflation, whether it’s the war on our domestic energy sector, I think the need to get great leaders into public life who can really make a difference and be independent and try to break the gridlock in Washington, which is failing us, is key,” he added.
McCormick also took a shot at Casey.
“Bob Casey is an 18-year senator. He’s been in politics 30 years and really hasn’t accomplished very much at all. He’s been a rubber stamp for Joe Biden. He’s voted for Joe Biden 98% of the time. If I can win this seat, I can really be a force for good in pushing back on Joe Biden’s policies,” he said.
Going forward, he hopes to avoid the mistakes he made during his first Senate run.
“When you lose by 900 votes, there’s lots of lessons that you can learn. And so I’ve tried to learn all the things that came out of that last race and despite losing it was a great experience. The most important thing is to get out there and be authentic,” he said.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), the campaign arm of the Senate GOP, is reportedly mega-pleased by McCormick entering the race.
“Dave McCormick has done a remarkable job of unifying the grassroots in Pennsylvania. A graduate of West Point, combat veteran and Pennsylvania job creator, Dave is exactly the type of candidate who can win both a primary and a general election in one of the most competitive states in the country,” NRSC chair Steve Daines told Fox News.
“It’s great news that Dave is stepping up to serve our country once again,” he added.
I’m running for Senate because I’ve been blessed by the opportunities this country has to offer, and to whom much is given, much is expected.
Our country is headed in a terrible direction under Joe Biden with the rubber stamp of Bob Casey.
I’m going to do my part to fix it.… pic.twitter.com/Ou6aP4CLMM
— Dave McCormick (@DaveMcCormickPA) September 22, 2023
The battle between McCormick and Casey is reportedly poised to be a big one.
“A race between Casey and McCormick could end up being one of the most expensive and closely watched Senate contests in the country next year, as the Democrats defend their fragile 51-49 majority,” according to Fox News.
“Republicans need a net gain of either one or two seats in 2024 to win back the majority — depending on which party controls the White House after next year’s presidential election,” Fox News notes.
The good news is that “the math and map” both reportedly favor Republicans, given that Democrats will be forced to defend 23 seats (out of 34) seats, including several in red states.
The Senate candidate is expected to face attacks because of where he lives.
“McCormick, who grew up in northeast Pennsylvania and who is the son of the Keystone State’s first state university system chancellor, was attacked for owning a house in an affluent part of Connecticut even while buying a home in Pittsburgh ahead of his 2022 Senate campaign,” Fox News notes.
“The real David McCormick is a mega-millionaire Connecticut hedge fund executive who is lying about living in Pennsylvania,” Pennsylvania Democrats reportedly alleged.
As a combat vet who has seen the U.S.-China economic relationship in government & the private sector, I have unique experience on how the CCP uses American intellectual property, supply chain dependence, & capital to benefit their regime at the expense of American interests.
— Dave McCormick (@DaveMcCormickPA) September 15, 2023
Speaking with Fox News, McCormick sought to explain his living situation, explaining that he was born and raised in Pennsylvania and has lived there and run a business there.
“But like many Pennsylvanians, I’m divorced and remarried. My youngest daughter is finishing high school in Connecticut — she lives with her mom — and I’m going to go to Connecticut to see my daughter and to be a great dad,” he said.
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