Tea Party pickets Pelosi and Biden in Philadelphia

    Democrat for Congress is unfazed by ads in other races that portray Pelosi as a political liability

    The contest for Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District is heating up, and the big guns are coming out to support the Democratic horse in the race. State Representative Bryan Lentz held a Center City Philadelphia fundraiser Monday to raise funds for his bid to replace Congressman Joe Sestak as Delaware County’s congressional representative.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Joe Biden might have star power at Democratic fundraisers, but they also galvanize opposition from the right wing including the tea party. While both Pelosi and Biden attended Lentz’s closed door fundraiser, Tea Partiers picketed outside the Sheraton Hotel. Leslie Walker of Frenchtown New Jersey says the federal healthcare legislation backed by Speaker Pelosi and Vice President Biden are particularly troubling.

    “Government is going into places it never was intended to be. Government never cared how fat you were, how much body fat you had. Government shouldn’t be forcing you to have healthcare. There are other ways to do it.”

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    Some Republicans have featured ads linking Pelosi in particular to Democrats as a negative. But Lentz is unfazed by a connection to Pelosi and Biden. He says he’s in a comfortable position with respect to his opponent, Pat Meehan.

    “If people a year ago had looked at this race, they wouldn’t have thought that we would be competitive, and we’re a couple hundred thousand dollars behind him, but in this media market, that’s essentially a tie. So we’re keeping up with him on the fundraising.”

    The fundraiser was brought in at least $200,000 for the Lentz campaign.

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