Pfeifer Declines Carney Challenge, Leaves Field Wide Open

Posted December 21, 2009 at 4:13pm

State Rep. Mike Pfeifer (R) said in an interview with a local newspaper today that he will not challenge Rep. Chris Carney (D-Pa.)

Pfeifer was one of several local Republicans considering a bid against the two-term Democrat, who was elected to Congress in the conservative northeastern Pennsylvania district by defeating Don Sherwood, a longtime GOP congressman involved in a personal scandal in 2006.

Snyder County Commissioner Malcom Derk (R) is expected to announce whether or not he’s going to run tonight, although the local press appears to think that he will announce he’s in the race. Former U.S. Attorney Tom Marino (R) met Friday with party officials in Washington, D.C., although he has yet to make any kind of public statement about his interest in a bid.

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