Wow, three posts in one day. What’s up?
Well, I missed this yesterday, but better late than never, I guess.
Ex-U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta will serve as the honorary chairman of Republican Jim Bognet’s congressional campaign. Bognet wants to unseat Rep. Matt Cartwright, a Moosic Democrat and the 8th Congressional District’s representative.
“I am honored to have Congressman Barletta join our fight to take back Pennsylvania’s 8th District for the people,” Bognet said in a news release his campaign issued. “The leadership and service Congressman Barletta showed during his time in Congress will be a true asset to our campaign. No one has fought harder for our District than our friend Lou, and we could not be more excited to have his guidance and support.”
The same release has Barletta saying Bognet would be “a strong conservative voice” for district residents.
“Jim learned hard work at his family construction business, growing up pouring concrete and digging ditches,” Barletta said. “We need someone in Washington who will stand up to China, defend our police from the radical ‘defund’ movement, and fight illegal immigration. Jim will proudly work with President Trump and deliver for our District in supporting his America First agenda.”
No surprise here, of course, though Barletta and Cartwright grew friendly in Congress before Barletta made the mistake of trying to take out Sen. Bob Casey in 2018.
Bognet and Barletta are both Republicans from the Hazleton area. Bognet’s family owns construction companies, Barletta’s family owned a contracting company and he owned a line-painting business with his wife. Barletta’s revitalization of downtown Hazleton as mayor included George Hayden Sr., Bognet’s uncle, who rebuilt the former Markle Building.
Oh, and Bognet worked on Barletta’s 2002 congressional campaign.