Will Bethlehem Mayor Callahan Challenge GOP Rep. Dent?
In a 2010 election cycle in which they will be playing more defense than offense, Democrats are making a pitched effort to win the six districts that voted Democratic for president in 2004 and 2008 but are represented by Republicans in the House.
The Democrats already have announced candidates in five of those districts. The exception is Pennsylvania’s 15th, a district in the Lehigh Valley that is represented by three-term Republican Charlie Dent and where Democrats have struggled to get a top-flight candidate.
But Democrats are hoping to land Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan , who seems to be warming to the idea of running for Congress. The Morning Call newspaper in Allentown reported Wednesday that Callahan has “approached party leaders in Pennsylvania in recent weeks to broach the idea” of running against Dent.