Vice President Mike Pence will raise campaign cash for U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta on Monday in Philly, and President Trump has promised to campaign for Barletta in Pennsylvania. Post-Helsinki, will Barletta's close ties to Trump be an asset or a liability?
U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta's political reputation was built on a controversial 2006 law aimed at an influx of Latino immigrants to his hometown of Hazleton. Barletta, now challenging U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr., defends the law, even though it was never enforced and cost the borough of 25,000 residents nearly $1.7 million in legal expenses.
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, a California Democrat, came to town for U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. Harris is a much-discussed potential candidate for president in 2020, despite being just 18 months into her first six-year term as a senator. Barack Obama was in a similar position a dozen years ago.