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Candidate of the Week

Malcolm Kenyatta

"A New Day in Pennsylvania"

2022 midterms

One way to ensure a government that works for working people is to actually elect working people

Malcolm Kenyatta
Policy Positions

Pat Toomey is retiring, but he’s doing it with a bang — by voting for the impeachment of Donald Trump. Before breaking with the Republican rank and file, Toomey could have been the party’s poster child. With his Harvard education and career as a banker (he only left the business once his firm was acquired by Deutsche Bank, citing a “less flexible and entrepreneurial work environment”), Toomey was well-equipped for a long legislative career of cutting corporate taxes and dismantling the social safety net. In 2001, Toomey proposed a budget that would cut mostly corporate taxes worth $2.2 trillion over ten years, far exceeding George W. Bush’s $1.6 trillion plan that was popular with more moderate Republicans at the time. Not only has he voted to disintegrate the Affordable Care Act as many times as it has come up in chamber, he also opposed the bipartisan Medicare Prescription Drug Act, pointing to its alleged “fiscal irresponsibility.” As a senator, Toomey voted for a bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks with no exceptions for the health of those who are pregnant. Toomey believes that society should only honor marriages between “one man and one woman,” and rejects climate science. More recently, Toomey took to Twitter to scoff at Democratic attempts to lift the country out of the economic crisis brought on by Covid-19: “In 2020, state and local governments took in record revenues, far outpacing their projections. On top of that, the federal government gave them an additional ~$500B. Now Democrats want to keep bailing out fundamentally insolvent blue states and disguise it as Covid relief.” This is particularly rich (pun intended), given that blue state economies, particularly California and New York, prop up the economies of dozens of bankrupt red states.


Pennsylvania is the home of many firsts. It was one of the first states in the nation, and its capital city, Philadelphia, played host to the country’s first library, hospital, and medical school. Steeped in history, Pennsylvania contains 169 National Historic Landmarks and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania has been a powerful swing state throughout the 20th century, though in recent years has leaned Democratic, with the exception of 2016, when the state went decisively for Donald Trump. Pennsylvania’s political story is that of liberal strongholds in cities like Pittsburgh, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and Philadelphia; and conservative supermajorities in rural areas. One of the major political fault lines in Pennsylvania is the presence of coal mining and fracking, two industries that employ many in the state but are also huge contributors to climate change. Joe Biden promised in the run up to the 2020 Democratic primary not to ban fracking in a bid to appeal to rural Pennsylvania Democrats, at the expense of the support of many progressives in the state. Pat Toomey, the retiring incumbent, was largely unpopular with Pennsylvanians and only won his last election by one and a half percent, leaving the seat highly competitive and ripe for Democratic victory.