Since you mentioned it. From today’s Pittsburgh paper.
“This isn’t your parents’ Democratic Party. It’s not yours,” the ad concludes, “and it’s time to think about what that means.”
To the local GOP, it means labeling the leftward shift in the Democratic Party a deal-breaker for everyday Americans and asking them to cross party lines.
As of Dec. 8, about 3,500 Democrats had switched their registrations to Republican this year in Allegheny County, boosting the GOP’s voter rolls to about 264,000 registered voters. There remains more than 550,000 Democrats here, as they, too, got more than 3,000 to cross over.
Mr. Peduto, whose statement in October opposing any additional petrochemical facilities in Western Pennsylvania was quoted in the advertisement, said that as Pittsburghers and Democrats, “we have a history and deeply held values in fighting for working people as well as protecting the air we breathe and the water we drink.”
“Donald Trump and the Republican Party are out of step with those values,” Mr. Peduto added. “No amount of name-calling will cover that up.”
Deeming Democrats beholden to the “socialist” wing of their party has been a familiar line of attack from Donald Trump. In an address to the Economic Club of New York in November, he accused Democrats of having a “radical agenda of socialism” that would destroy and over-regulate the economy, bankrupting America.
“As long as I’m President, America will never be a socialist country,” Mr. Trump said.
A net gain of 500 R switches in a blue stronghold of a swing state?
This is a very good signal.