Rick Saccone

Infamous Pennsylvania Republicans Feud Before Primary

“A disgraced former congressman and a Republican candidate despised by party leaders have been fighting a weekslong, behind-the-scenes battle ahead of Tuesday’s primary for an open House seat in western Pennsylvania,” Politico reports.

“Former Rep. Tim Murphy, who resigned last October amid allegations that he asked his mistress to get an abortion, has been working quietly to sink Rick Saccone’s bid for Congress. Saccone, who became a national Republican scapegoat after losing to Democrat Conor Lamb in the March special election to replace Murphy, is now running for the GOP nomination in a newly drawn, heavily Republican district that includes much of Murphy’s old turf.”

“The fight has gotten personal: Murphy has directed hundreds of thousands of dollars from his old campaign account to an outside group supporting Saccone’s GOP primary opponent, state Sen. Guy Reschenthaler. Murphy also sent around a cropped video clip of Saccone that he believed would damage him.”

Saccone Says His Opponents Hate God

In his closing message in the Pennsylvania special election, Rick Saccone (R) asserted that his political opponents “hate” the president, the United States, and even God, NBC News reports.

Said Saccone: “They’re energized for hate for our president. Many of them have a hatred for our country. I’ll tell you some more — my wife and I saw it again today, they have a hatred for God.”

GOP Nominee Spent $430K from Expense Account

Expense records show that Rick Saccone (R), who is running in the upcoming Pennsylvania special election for Congress, spent $435,172 in taxpayer money using his expense account in his first seven years as a state lawmaker, The Intercept reports.

“Pennsylvania provides state lawmakers with generous salaries and expense policies, allowing them to bill the government for activities they deem as necessary for their job… But Saccone’s profligate use of the legislative expense account may come as a surprise. He was elected in 2010 during the tea party wave on a pledge to cut government spending.”