Fetterman in Philadelphia: ‘I support issues compatible with urban voters’

“I support the union way of life and I really want to pass the PRO law,” said Fetterman, who made his comments during an editorial board meeting with Philadelphia Tribune executives and staff via Google Meet.

Asked about his health and recovery, Fetterman, 53, was candid.

“I’m fine. I definitely have challenges after having a stroke. I really try to be transparent about it,” Fetterman said. “Sometimes I miss a word and sometimes I have those times where I am not exactly so expressive. But overall, I think I’m getting better every day. I’m not 100%, but I’m definitely much better than when I had a stroke in May.

On Wednesday, Fetterman’s campaign released a medical report to the media from its physician, Clifford Chen, which states that the candidate is “recovering well from his stroke and his health has continued to improve” and said that he “has no work restrictions and can work full-time in the civil service.

The Tribune endorsed Fetterman in the May 17 primary election.

Fetterman and Oz are running for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by incumbent Republican Pat Tomey, who is not seeking re-election, after serving in the Senate since 2011.

On November 8, the people of Pennsylvania will choose a senator, governor, lieutenant governor and other elected officials. This race has national implications, as it may help decide which party controls the US Senate after the midterm elections in November.

True, the airwaves of state television and radio were flooded with television advertisements from both sides. OpenSecrets, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit group that tracks campaign spending, said it expects more than $9.3 billion to be spent on the federal midterm elections this year, compared to $7.1 billion spent on the 2018 midterm elections.

Political analysts said the race in Pennsylvania could exceed $160 million in total spending, which would be a record.

For example, the Fetterman campaign raised $47.9 million, with more than half or 53.4% ​​from small donors, who contributed $200 or less, according to OpenSecrets. So far, the Fetterman campaign has spent $43.7 million and has $4.1 million available, the nonprofit reported.

By contrast, the Oz campaign raised $34.8 million, most of it more than $21 million, or 60% from the candidate’s money, according to OpenSecrets. Ten percent of that money came from small donors, who contributed $200 or less. The Oz campaign has spent $32.3 million and has $2.5 million available.

“Education is the great equalizer,” Fetterman said. “As Governor Wolf’s partner, the education expansion was unprecedented, but Republicans cut the purse strings and didn’t allow much of that money to go to Philadelphia. “

And Fetterman promised to listen to local leaders to build consensus on reducing gun violence, but also said he supported US attorney Jacqueline C. Romero’s efforts to crack down on gun trafficking and straw purchases. On October 13, Romero’s office announced the indictment of a Philadelphia man for illegally selling five semi-automatic rifles and drug trafficking.

“I hope they vote for me because I’ve spent my entire career, whether as a GED instructor, as mayor, or as lieutenant governor, working on issues that I think are compatible. with people living in urban areas,” Fetterman said. .

Before becoming mayor of Braddock, a borough of about 2,000 people near Pittsburgh, Fetterman said there was a big problem with gun violence, but he said he worked with community members and law enforcement to resolve the issue. Fetterman served as mayor there from 2006 to 2019.

“I think I’m the best choice, especially when my opponent Oz is on the side of Donald Trump who thinks Philadelphia is a place where only bad things happen,” he said. “I think I would be the senator best suited to defend these issues, as opposed to Dr. Oz.”

Stephen Williams is a reporter for the Philadelphia Tribune, where this story first appeared.

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