Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Dan Meuser for Congress

Former Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser has announced his candidacy for the United States House of Representatives representing Pennsylvania's 11th district via a video release (above.)

This comes on the heels of current PA-11 Congressman Lou Barletta announcing that he will challenge U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr. in 2018 instead of seeking re-election to the seat.

Meuser formally declared his candidacy, the first Republican candidate to do so.  He is, however, the second Republican to complete paperwork with the FEC, setting the stage for what may be a contested Primary Election in 2018.

As part of his announcement, Meuser launched a website and Facebook page.

Meuser's press release states that Meuser will be traveling to each of the nine counties in the 11th Congressional District over the next two weeks to visit with potential constituents.

Meuser is well known throughout the Commonwealth, having served as Secretary of Revenue under Governor Tom Corbett.  After being unanimously confirmed Secretary of Revenue, Meuser worked to reform the department, implement customer-first policies, and treat taxpayers like customers. Under Meuser, the Department earned the distinction as being the most improved Department of Revenue in the country and received a grade improvement from a D+ to an A- from the Council on State Taxation.

Prior to his service to the Commonwealth, Meuser sought the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District in 2008.  He was defeated in a close the Primary Election but stayed very involved in local Republican circles.  In fact, Meuser has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republican candidates and causes according federal and state campaign finance data.

Conventional wisdom for an open seat in a mid-term election would suggest a seat ripe for pickup.  With a candidate as serious as Meuser declared for the seat, Democratic chances of pickup become far less likely.  Of any candidate previously mentioned, Meuser is clearly the strongest candidate and offers the GOP the greatest chance of maintaining the seat because of his deep connections to the district and clear ability to raise the funds necessary to maintain the seat.

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