Costello Hangs It Up, Lets it Out

There are two reasons behind Republican Cong. Ryan Costello’s decision not to run for office again this year – redistricting and Donald Trump. As a practical matter, though the two-term congressman won his previous elections by 6 and 7 percent, the newly drawn map is expected to favor Democrats. However, Costello laid bare to the West Chester Daily Local on Sunday the major factor behind his decision – working (or an inability to work with) the president. “Whether it’s Stormy Daniels, or passing an omnibus spending bill that the president threatens to veto after promising to sign, it’s very difficult to move forward in a construtive way today,” he said. Costello isn’t alone in the number of Republicans who have pointed to the lack of civility in Washington as the reason for their departure –Cong. Charlie Dent made similar statements when he announced his retirement plans in December, along with other U.S. Representatives and Senators who are calling it quits. Remaining in the race for PA’s 6th Congressional District are Republican Greg McCauley and Democrat Crissy Houlahan. 

As seen in pegALERT 4-6-2018: Political Intel for the Commonwealth’s Top Business Leaders, a publication of the Pennsylvania Chamber. Founded in 1916, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is the state’s largest broad-based business association, with its statewide membership comprising businesses of all sizes and across all industry sectors. The PA Chamber is The Statewide Voice of Business™.