It’s great that the House Republican brand has been so weakened from their failed shutdown stunt that a strong candidate like Jay Paterno is considering taking on GT Thompson in safe Republican territory in the 5th District.
But you know what seat Jay Paterno could probably win a lot more easily with a lot less money?
Jake Corman’s state Senate seat in SD-34.
That’s not as sexy as a Congressional run, but it’s definitely more important to Democratic power in PA, since that could be the seat that hands the Dems control of that chamber. It would also have the advantage of forcing Republicans to spend money on a race they thought was safe (which will also be true of a Paterno 5th District run).
Another advantage: beating Corman would take the shine off a rising Republican star who’s frequently mentioned as a potential candidate for higher office.