President Donald Trump on Monday reinforced his endorsement for Rick Saccone a day before Pennsylvania’s special election while at the same time criticizing Saccone's opponent as being allied with Nancy Pelosi.
“The Pittsburgh Post Gazette just endorsed Rick Saccone for Congress. He will be much better for steel and business. Very strong on experience and what our Country needs. Lamb will always vote for Pelosi and Dems....Will raise taxes, weak on Crime and Border,“ the president tweeted Monday morning.
Saccone has been viewed by some in his party as a lackluster candidate, and has struggled despite Trump winning the district by nearly 20 points during the 2016 election.
The Gazette‘s editorial board on Sunday endorsed Saccone. The endorsement said the state representative “has a wealth of experience and an intimate knowledge of much of the district, because he has represented a part of it in the Legislature.“
“He is a good fit for the district and would be an effective representative for it from his first day on the job,” according to the endorsement.
Trump also endorsed Saccone on Saturday during a rally in Pennsylvania. He urged rally attendees to “go out on Tuesday and vote like crazy” and said “we need Republicans in office.“
The president also blasted Lamb at the rally by saying that he is “trying to act like a Republican“ but will not side with the GOP once in office.