Campaign 2010

May 18, 2010

Van Hollen’s Statement on Mark Critz’s Victory in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District

Van Hollen's Statement on Congressman-Elect Mark Critz’s Victory in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District

DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen released the following statement on Mark Critz’s victory in the Special Election in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District to fill the seat held by the late Congressman Jack Murtha:

“Congratulations to Congressman-elect Mark Critz on his extraordinary victory. Voters in this election responded to Mark Critz’s commitment to providing independent leadership that puts Pennsylvania jobs first.

“This was the only race in the country today where a Democrat faced off against a Republican and the results are clear. Mark Critz focused on creating jobs for middle class families, while Republicans practiced the politics of fear and distortion.

“For all of their bluster about building a national wave this year, including RNC Chairman Michael Steele’s guarantee of victory for Tim Burns, Republican policies were once again rejected when it came time to face the voters.

“I am grateful to former President Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, and Democratic leaders in the House, Senate, and state governorships for their strong support and tireless work on behalf of Mark Critz.

“With his commitment to creating jobs, ending tax breaks for companies that outsource jobs, and standing up for seniors and middle class Pennsylvanians, Congressman-elect Mark Critz will be a great asset to our Democratic Caucus and a worthy successor to the late Congressman Jack Murtha.” 

BACKGROUND

In trying to win a district carried by Senator John McCain in 2008, the NRCC spent nearly $960,000 – one tenth of their cash on hand – and 10 shady outside groups chipped in more than $583,000.