Conor Lamb is the best choice Dems have to flip a Senate seat.

At the the White House correspondents At dinner last month, President Joe Biden quipped, “I came into office with an ambitious agenda and expected it to meet stiff opposition in the Senate. I was just hoping it would be from Republicans.” Although Democrats technically have control of the 50-50 Senate, Biden has been unable to get the necessary votes on any of the bills that are the pillars of his Building an agenda – specifically Build Back Better and voting rights.

For that to change over the next two years, Democrats must keep their incumbents in their seats and win new ones. It’s hard to see a way for them to expand their majority or even retain control of the chamber without winning the seat that Pat Toomey is leaving open in Pennsylvania.

On the ballot in the Democratic primary, Lt. gov. John Fetterman, US Rep. Conor Lamb, State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta and Jenkintown Borough Councilor Alexandria Khalil.

Any of the candidates would be a reliable deciding vote for the Biden administration. They all support Build Back Better, the expansion of voting rights and the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would make abortion rights federal law. Most importantly, they all support getting rid of the filibuster — which is very likely the only way one of the biggest chunks of Biden’s agenda can get through.

Instead of substantial differences in the main polls, voters must guess who is the most “eligible” and could actually win nationally. That will not be easy. As a reminder, Biden’s lead over Donald Trump in 2020 was just 80,555 votes, and Republicans have done well in other races this year.

Pennsylvanians deserve a senator who is more than just a plus-one vote for the Democratic faction in the Senate; It is crucial that voters elect a candidate who will add value by representing the Commonwealth. We support him because of his track record in highly competitive general elections, his familiarity with Congress from his time in the House of Representatives, and his thoughtfulness on difficult policy issues Conor Lamm.

A former federal attorney and Navy veteran, Lamb won his seat in Congress in a special election in 2018 by a margin of less than 1,000 votes. In the process, he turned over a Republican-held seat in a district that favored Trump in 2016 by nearly 20 points.

Democrats may worry that Lamb’s strong pro-Trump constituency will make him an unreliable voice on party and White House agendas (see: Manchin, Joe). However, the congressman’s voting record suggests otherwise. Just this past session, Lamb voted for Build Back Better, the Women’s Health Protection Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, and the For the People Act. Then there’s the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, and the DC State Bill. No need to guess how he would vote on these bills; he has already done it.

Lamb is the best choice for Pennsylvanians in a talented field.

Malcolm Kenyatta, who hails from North Philadelphia and has the deepest roots here in our city in the state’s largest block of voters, is the most forward-thinking candidate in this field. He has received high — and well-deserved — marks from his fellow Democrats for his performances in the primary debates and has positioned himself well for future campaigns.

John Fetterman has spent the last four years refocusing the lieutenant governor’s role to show compassion for people who have served decades in prisons. We applaud him for this work. But his lack of legislative experience is pronounced compared to Kenyatta and Lamb. Additionally, his lack of thought was disappointing when asked about the 2013 incident in which he pointed a gun at a man he wrongly suspected was involved in a shooting.

Alexandria Khalil jumped into the running from district politics. We hope that seeing them on the debate stage and voting will inspire others dedicated to public service to get involved.

It’s hardly an exaggeration to say that the US Senate election in Pennsylvania could help set the nation’s course years come. We believe Lamb has the ability to defeat a Republican in the fall and then join his Democratic Senate colleagues in protecting abortion rights, expanding the social safety net, and protecting the right to vote.

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