New Ad: Saccone Blames Families And Turns Deaf Ear To Opioid Crisis

To demonstrate the high stakes of Tuesday’s election for Western Pennsylvania communities suffering from the opioid epidemic, American Bridge is launching a new Facebook ad underlining how dangerous Rick Saccone’s do-nothing approach to the opioid crisis would be in Congress.

The ad, which is backed by a 5-figure buy, follows Politico coverage indicating that White House Senior Adviser Kellyanne Conway, “was taken aback when NBC reported that Saccone had said last year that the government was limited in what it could do to stem the opioid epidemic.”

To watch the new ad, “Rick Saccone: Wrong for Western Pennsylvania,” click HERE.

“The opioid epidemic is slamming Western Pennsylvania harder than almost any part of the country,” said American Bridge President Bradley Beychok. “And instead of showing that he understands the growing threat and agonizing pain of this emergency as it takes so many lives, Rick Saccone says the families are to blame.  Rick Saccone doesn’t care about fighting this […]

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Lou Barletta Trashes His Own Record On Crime

On the radio last week, Lou Barletta essentially trashed his own record on crime to defend his do-nothing policy on gun violence, saying making something illegal only helps criminals like drug dealers and makes their business “skyrocket.”


That’s right, on Sue Henry’s radio show, Lou Barletta undermined his entire career of bragging about tough-on-crime policies as Mayor of Hazelton.


“Rep. Barletta’s ridiculous defense for doing nothing to protect Pennsylvanians from gun violence is either completely disingenuous, or he had a brief bout with amnesia,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp. “If Barletta truly believed what he said, that means the tough-on-crime policies he promoted as mayor of Hazelton and loves to talk about only helped ‘gangs and drug dealers.’”


Listen to the full clip radio here.
Full transcript:


“It’s unfortunate, and nobody really wants to talk about this. But as a mayor I saw it. You know when we make something […]

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“Rattled” Republican establishment scrambles to help career politician Rick Saccone as he struggles to connect with Western Pennsylvania voters

Two national reports today underline that the Republican establishment in Washington is desperate to “prop-up” career politician Rick Saccone, who’s campaign is stalling as Saccone fails to demonstrate that he will stand-up for middle class families and Western Pennsylvania workers instead of the special interests that he has put first throughout his time in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

In recent days, Reuters also spoke with Trump voters in Pennsylvania’s 18th district, who expressed a lack of enthusiasm for Saccone.  These Trump supporters said that they view the tax plan Saccone is promoting as a “giveaway” for the rich and that only throws “a bone” to them.

This comes as polling shows the race is tightening.

“Follow the money – the Republican establishment is in full-on panic mode because career politician Rick Saccone is not connecting with Western Pennsylvania voters,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates. “Saccone’s failure to gain traction […]

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Career politician Rick Saccone spends Valentine’s Day in DC with his true loves: lobbyists and special interest groups

How is career politician Rick Saccone spending Valentine’s Day?  In Washington, D.C. at a closed-door meeting – arranged by a federal lobbyist – with a special interest group that advocates for privatization of government services and jobs.  The Saccone campaign has refused to publicly comment on the candidate’s presence at this gathering today.

“Attending a secret fundraiser in DC has to the swampiest way to spend Valentine’s Day that anyone has ever heard of,” said American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates. “Rick Saccone’s long political career has been defined by putting special interests ahead of the people he’s supposed to be fighting for and by taking advantage of his elected office to benefit himself at the expense of his constituents in Western Pennsylvania.”

Today’s meeting comes as Saccone is under fire for misusing his seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to benefit himself financially – […]

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QUICK CLIP: Lou Barletta Doubles Down on Social Security and Medicare Cuts

Rep. Lou Barletta took to local radio this week to double down on his desire to cut Social Security and Medicare—lifelines that millions of Americans depend on and have paid into their whole lives–and balance the country’s debt on the backs of the middle class.


In an interview he did on on KDKA radio yesterday, Barletta said, “We need to look at entitlement packages and reform. They’re on auto pilot right now, where that’s really what’s driving our debt and they’ve been unwilling to have a discussion about that…”


Listen to the clip here.


“Entitlements,” of course is code for Social Security and Medicare, the hugely popular benefits that Americans have earned, and that middle class families and seniors depend on. They are also not the main cause of our national debt.


Meanwhile, a little more than a month ago, Barletta voted for huge tax giveaways to millionaires, billionaires and corporations that added $1.8 trillion to the country’s debt. 


“Lou […]

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Saccone’s statements on the opioid crisis are unacceptable

Congressional candidate and career politician Rick Saccone was caught admitting he doesn’t believe the government should be fighting the opioid epidemic. Instead, Saccone would leave the entire burden on those struggling with addiction and their families. American Bridge spokesperson Andrew Bates responded to his callous remarks, first reported by the Daily Beast, with the following statement:

“Saccone’s comments reveal exactly what he would do as a member of Congress to combat the opioid crisis sweeping through Pennsylvania and the nation: nothing. That is unacceptable. The heartbreaking devastation opioids are causing for thousands of Pennsylvanians has already cost thousands of lives and strained too many families, many of whom don’t have the resources to help loved ones recover on their own. It is disturbingly out of touch for Rick Saccone to suggest that this epidemic calls for anything less than a full government response to bolster the efforts of families and nonprofit organizations.”

In contrast to Saccone, Pennsylvania’s state government has designated the opioid crisis […]

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Was Lou Barletta Illegally Raising Campaign Cash In a Government Building?​

​”Under fire from his own party for lackluster fundraising, ties to Holocaust deniers and defense of a sexual harasser, Rep. Lou Barletta is so desperate to fix his campaign, he’s ​making fundraising phone calls in in a Senate office building. Which, someone should probably tell him, would be illegal,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

​SHOT: ​“Republican officials in Pennsylvania are fretting that Rep. Lou Barletta’s anemic fundraising and strategic misfires are jeopardizing the party’s opportunity to pick off a winnable Senate seat.” – Washington Examiner

​CHASER: “SPOTTED — REP. LOU BARLETTA (R-PA.), who is running for Senate, was camped out in the Senate Chef this morning making phone calls and pouring over a spreadsheet.”– Politico

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Following Reports About His Connections to White Nationalists, Lou Barletta Attends Event with Other Notorious White Nationalists

The same day that reports surfaced that Pennsylvania Congressman and Senate candidate Lou Barletta had connections to holocaust deniers and anti-immigrant extremists, he attended a rally with known white nationalist, Jack Posobiec. Michael Cutler, who’s written for xenophobic publications and hosted other events with Barletta, was also a speaker at the event.

Posobiec is an alt-right conspiracy theorist who’s known for leading the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, among many other debunked theories. He was also one of the organizers of the Deploraball, and after the 2016 election, Posobiec was the mastermind behind a plan to smear anti-Trump protesters by planting a “rape Melania” sign at a rally.

Posobiec tweeted and livestreamed from the event, a pro-Barletta rally held by the Lehigh Valley Project 9/12 Tea Party Group.

“Instead of distancing himself from white nationalists, it looks like Lou Barletta is doubling down,”said American Bridge spokesperson Allison Teixeira Sulier. “From legitimizing publications […]

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GOP Senate candidate Lou Barletta did interview in 2006 with Holocaust-denying publication

An explosive new report raises serious questions about Lou Barletta’s judgement and beliefs. Barletta’s inflammatory views span his entire career, from his anti immigration legislation that was struck down as unconstitutional in federal court to lending his name to Holocaust deniers.

“If you needed more evidence that Lou Barletta is unfit to serve in the U.S. Senate, look no further than his pattern of associating himself with anti-Semites and conspiracy theorists. These associations will come back to haunt him — count on it,” said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp.

CNN: GOP Senate candidate Lou Barletta did interview in 2006 with Holocaust-denying publication
By Andrew Kaczynski and Chris Massie | January 25, 2018

“As mayor, Barletta did an interview with a fringe publication that promotes Holocaust denial and headlined a rally where a political activist and musician who has questioned the Holocaust and promoted conspiracies about the September 11, 2001 attacks also […]

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Lou Barletta Defends Meehan As “A Great Legislator”

As Republicans flee doomed Congressman Pat Meehan — who admitted today to making improper sexual overtures to a Capitol Hill employee — one man is boldly standing by him: Rep. Lou Barletta.

On Chris Stigal’s radio show yesterday, Barletta praised his colleague as “a very good member” and criticized the bipartisan consensus that Meehan should face severe consequences, saying, “We should not just rush off to judgement until we have all of the facts.”

So desperate was Barletta to defend Meehan, he said Pennsylvanians should wait until they have “all the facts” four times. 

“As disturbing allegations surfaced that Congressman Meehan harassed a staffer and used a taxpayer-funded slush-fund to settle a legal case with her, Lou Barletta went on the radio to defend his colleague and question his accuser’s account. It would be an understatement to say that Lou Barletta is out of step with mainstream Pennsylvania values. He’s […]

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