Erie’s Dahlkemper Considers Congressional Run

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Former Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper was swept into Congress during a Democratic wave and swept back out during the latest Republican one. Now she’s considering trying to take back her seat from Rep. Mike Kelly, who said he’d resign from the GOP if they tried to dismantle Medicare.

Ms. Dahlkemper, 53, said the mammoth time commitment of a Congressional run as well as the hard-to-gauge political climate in fall 2012 are the key considerations in making her decision.

Perhaps the most difficult calculation for Ms. Dahlkemper — and potential candidates in many states — is the unsettled nature of congressional redistricting. In Pennsylvania the Republican-controlled process could stretch for several more months.

Ms. Dahlkemper could be in a different district than Mr. Kelly or a district drawn to a significant GOP advantage.

“Will it be a district that’s even winnable for a Democrat or not?” she said. “That’s something you probably don’t even know before making the decision.”

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2 Responses to Erie’s Dahlkemper Considers Congressional Run

  1. phillydem says:

    The GOP seems determined to pit Altmire against Critz. My guess is that the current 3rd will have to include more Dem areas from the current 4th CD. Along with Erie, this should make for a much more Dem-friendly CD.