PA Lt. Gov Fetterman Files to Run For Senate In 2022
Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman filed paperwork Thursday to run for the U.S. Senate in 2022. The charismatic Democrat submitted a statement of candidacy to the Federal Election Commission, nearly a month after he said he was exploring a run. Fetterman would be replacing Republican Pat Toomey, who announced last fall that he would not seek re-election at the end of his current term.
Fetterman has run for Senate before. The former mayor of Braddock, an industrial town near Pittsburgh, came in third in 2016′s Democratic primary for U.S. Senate before running successfully for lieutenant governor in 2018.
Fetterman has always literally stood out as an atypical politician. He stands 6 feet, 8 inches tall, and sports a tattoo of his zip code in Braddock on his arm. He and his wife, Gisele, live in a converted car dealership. Fetterman has famously clashed with legislative Republicans, who booted him from his role overseeing the state Senate after an altercation over seating a Democratic senator.
Don't mess with John Fetterman 🔥🔥
Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. Fetterman has OFFICIALLY filed paperwork to run for the U.S. Senate seat left open next year by retiring GOP Senator Pat Toomey.
— Jake Lobin (@JakeLobin) February 5, 2021
The race for Toomey’s seat is expected to be a tough one. Pennsylvania Senator Sharif Street has already filed papers to run, and Reps. Chrissy Houlahan and Conor Lamb are among the others said to be considering their own potential candidacies. On the other side of the aisle, a handful of former Trump administration officials and Trump-aligned members of Congress are thinking about stepping into the race. Former Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite, Rep. Mike Kelly, and 2020 congressional candidate Sean Parnell are all said to be considering a bid. Other GOP names being floated include Rep. Ryan Costello, who has said he is considering a run, and Craig Snyder, a former top aide to the late Sen. Arlen Specter, and Jeff Bartos, a developer from Montgomery County who ran for lieutenant governor in 2018.