Isn’t Congress already enough of a joke?

    Pa. state Sen. Daylin Leach has ended his congressional campaign more than two months after multiple women accused him of inappropriate touching and making sexually-suggestive jokes. (WHYY file photo)

    Pa. state Sen. Daylin Leach has ended his congressional campaign more than two months after multiple women accused him of inappropriate touching and making sexually-suggestive jokes. (WHYY file photo)

    At the risk of appearing to play favorites, I just had to share the latest campaign video for Pa. State Sen. Daylin Leach, who’s running for Congress next year. Leach is a professional legislator, but a pretty funny amateur stand-up. My favorite line from his video involves a Republican Congressional leader and a puppy. Watch.

    At the risk of appearing to play favorites, I just had to share the latest campaign video (above) for Pa. State Sen. Daylin Leach, who’s running for Congress next year.

    Leach is a professional legislator, but a pretty funny amateur stand-up. My favorite line from his video involves a Republican Congressional leader and a puppy. Watch.

    I’m not endorsing Leach for Congress, or his views on Republicans. I will say that while much of what we see in Washington is unintentionally laughable, I wish more people with strong political views had a sense of humor.

    And since I’ve mentioned  the 2014 Democratic primary contest for the Congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, I’ll give a shout out to the other three candidates, Montgomery County physician and activist Valerie Arkoosh, State Rep. Brendan Boyle, and former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies.

    I have some familiarity with all four, and I think each are in their own way impressive and worthy of consideration for the office they seek. And while I’m at it, I’ll mention a couple of things I omitted in a story yesterday drawn from the candidates’ latest campaign finance reports.

    The leader in fundraising so far is Arkoosh, who’s never run for public office. Margolies had a great third quarter in fundraising, but has spent more and trails in cash on hand. But all four will need a good bit more than they have to wage competitive races. The primary is next spring. Here are the fundraising totals so far:

    13th Congressional seat — Democrats’ campaign fundraising

     

     CandidateRaised in Q3 Total raised Spent in Q3 On hand 
     Valerie Arkoosh $228,563 $732,126 $99,256 $588,212
    Daylin Leach  $171,503 $525,893 $71,752 $376,664
    Brendan Boyle  $151,256 $403,983 $67,817 $308,103
     Marjorie Margolies $237,370 $422,715 $205,279 $190,056

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