WILKES-BARRE — Inside Elections, which provides non-partisan analysis of campaigns, announced a rating change Tuesday in the 8th Congressional District race from “Likely Democratic” to “Lean Democratic.”
The 8th District race features Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright against Republican John Chrin.
In a news release, Chrin’s campaign said the significance of the rating change is that “it continues to show the vulnerability of Matt Cartwright running against John Chrin, a strong candidate in a newly drawn congressional district where Republicans strongly performed in 2016.”
“I stand for policies that will bring prosperity to Northeast Pennsylvanians and to our country,” Chrin said. “These include insuring that the tax cuts are not overturned, excessive regulations go away, and there are opportunities for new job creation. My opponent, Matthew Cartwright, voted against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and supports its repeal. Hardworking families all across the 8th District are benefiting from these tax cuts and cannot afford Matthew Cartwright’s tax hikes.”
Cartwright, 57, of Moosic, believes the country needs an economy that works for everyone, “and not just Wall Street bankers like John Chrin, who made his fortune while hardworking families were losing their jobs and their homes.”
Cartwright added, “It is appalling to hear that Mr. Chrin wants to cut seniors’ cost-of-living raises from their Social Security. It is no surprise that he would be for that, he hasn’t ever voted here in the district and is hopelessly out of touch with the needs of the people in Northeastern Pennsylvania.”
Colleen Gerrity, campaign manager for Cartwright for Congress, said Cartwright voted against sanctuary cities over a year ago, which Chrin might have known if he had not been so occupied with his “Pennsylvania real estate buying spree.”
The 55-year-old recently purchased a home in Barrett Township, Monroe County, reportedly his third home in Pennsylvania.
Chrin, a Lehigh Valley native who lived in New Jersey for years, said he is a 10th generation Pennsylvanian who grew up in a working class family with roots in both the state’s coal mining and steel industries. He said small business entrepreneurship also runs in his family with several family members operating small businesses in the state.
“Through my family’s hard work and determination over many generations we have been able to live the American dream,” Chrin said. “Now, I want to use my business background to grow opportunities for Northeast Pennsylvanians.”
Chrin said the increased attention on the race indicates how competitive it should be this fall.
Inside Elections does not endorse candidates.
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