Pennsylvania Republican Rick Saccone, who lost a high-profile special election to Democrat Conor Lamb in a district Donald Trump carried by 20 points, is not yet conceding his defeat in that race. But he’s already running again for a newly redrawn district, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“I love campaigning in southwest Pennsylvania,” Mr. Saccone said in a statement.”We need to get to know each other; we need to ensure we identify our needs and create solutions.”
Republican ad buys in the special election totaled $7.3 million as the party tried to get voters and Saccone “to know eachother.” That dwarfed the $4.4 million put behind Lamb.
Saccone, who bragged of being “Trump before Trump was Trump,” lost the race despite intervention by the president and his son in a district that heavily favors Republicans for national office. Saccone joins alleged Alabama child molester Roy Moore in refusing to offer the customary concession. Moore is still fighting a quixotic legal battle to usurp the seat from Sen. Doug Jones.
The Pennsylvania GOP is digging in its heels and probing the race for “irregularities.”
Saccone is being called a “sore loser” on Twitter.
@RickSaccone4PA Just step out of the way of progress and unity sir. Stop being a sore loser like the rest of #GOPTraitors to our country. Our country needs unity, reason, patriots and not a racist, treasonous, corrupt bigoted politicians such as yourself. https://t.co/OWjWx2WhnE
— pacho (@Jorge60188) March 19, 2018
Saccone is doing nothing to re-brand himself after the stinging loss in Trump country. He granted his first post-election from inside a gun shop.