WASHINGTON — With the final ballots counted in the Pennsylvania primary, far-right candidates Jarrett Coleman and Wendy Fink have officially defeated Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Stan Saylor. This development is in line with the growing extremism in the Pennsylvania Republican Party. Coleman supports policies that are wildly out-of-touch with everyday Pennsylvanians like banning abortion, restricting mail-in voting and drop boxes for ballots, and pushing QAnon conspiracy theories like systemic grooming in schools. Fink supports racist voter-ID requirements and wants to repeal popular vote-by-mail legislation.
“Far-right extremism has taken over the Pennsylvania Republican Party,” said DLCC President Jessica Post. “Jarrett Coleman and Wendy Fink are two of many Pennsylvania Republicans who will abandon common sense and common decency and attack abortion rights and voting rights if there is no check on their power. They care more about conspiracies than solving problems for the commonwealth. That’s why the DLCC is committed to taking on the Republican majority and their far-right, QAnon fanatics this cycle and throughout the decade.”
Last month, State Senator Doug Mastriano, who helped bus people into D.C. on January 6th and was subpoenaed by the bipartisan January 6th committee for his involvement in the lead-up to the attack on the U.S. Capitol, also won his primary and is now the GOP nominee for governor. Pennsylvania Republicans up and down the ballot are aligned on attacking the right to an abortion, the right to vote, and other fundamental freedoms.