Brad Koplinski seems to have been ready for this:
“Democrats will have the choice to choose between a true unwavering progressive and a candidate who has received a 0% from Planned Parenthood, a 0% from the Human Rights Campaign, an 8% from the Sierra Club, had the 4th worst lifetime record among Democrats according to the League of Conservation Voters, was among Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition’s top 10 highest rated Democrats and received an A grade from the NRA. The overwhelming response Brad has heard in over 50 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties shows that Pennsylvania needs a complete departure from the conservative Corbett Administration policies, not an extension.”
This is the trouble with running statewide after you’ve represented a more conservative-leaning district. Critz will surely evolve on some issues to appeal to a statewide primary electorate, but this is all going to be really potent stuff in a Democratic primary. Critz delivered a lot of value for Democrats in the 12th District though, and we’re happy to hear out what he has to say.
I do have to say I’m more of a Brad Koplinski fan at this point because I know he genuinely cares a lot about municipal reform issues (one of my favorites) and the Lt. Governor has a direct role to play there as chair of the state Local Government Commission. He’s also a real workhorse on the campaign trail. Dude showed up at a Bethlehem City Democratic committee picnic last week which really was not a big draw or anything, just kind of a local party get-together. And yet there he was. I’ve had an interview with Brad recorded for a while that I’ve been holding onto until the primary heated up a bit. Spoiler alert: he wonks out on LGC and municipal finance. I’ll try to have that up for next week.