Could One More Incumbent Get Knocked Off Tonight?
One more vulnerable incumbent to watch: Paul Kanjorski, Pennsylvania Democrat.
Lackawanna County Commissioner Corey O’Brien wants a repeat of 1984 on Tuesday.
Back then, an upstart lawyer from Nanticoke named Paul Kanjorski took on the incumbent 11th Congressional District Rep. Frank Harrison in the Democratic primary election. The upstart pulled the upset and remains in Congress after 26 years.
O’Brien, 36, a lawyer from Moosic and somewhat of an upstart himself in county politics, thinks he can pull off a similar upset in this primary.
Some have seen parallels to Allan Mollohan’s primary loss. Kanjorski will probably win today, but his share of the vote is worth watching. My take in my list of 99:
Paul Kanjorski, Pennsylvania: Kanjorski is consistently dogged by scandal and faces Hazleton mayor Lou Barletta in a rematch; in 2008, he won by 4 percentage points while Obama carried the district 57 percent to 42 percent. The Democratic incumbent may not be at the top of his game, recently insisting that troops serving in “wars in Europe” fit the definition of “bureaucrats.” PoliticsPA ranks him the second-most-vulnerable lawmaker in the state.