There’s no closer Senate race than the contest playing out in Pennsylvania.
But this must-win state for Democrats just became much harder to pull off.
And it’s all because the party’s Senate nominee in the state was just caught in one career-ending scandal.
Out of all the Senate contests across the country this year, Pennsylvania has emerged as perhaps the most competitive race out there.
That’s because it’s an open seat in a key tossup state that has decided the winner of every presidential election in the last decade.
But with Pennsylvania’s size and geographic importance giving it a massive amount of attention from both sides, there are growing signs that Democrats will have a major uphill battle ahead of them if they wish to flip the seat in November.
And it’s all because the party’s Senate nominee in the state was just caught in one major career-ending scandal that could end up spelling disaster for Democrats in November.
The Washington Examiner reports, “A ‘history of unpaid taxes’ is returning to dog Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman as he scrambles to keep his edge in election polls against Republican challenger, Dr. Mehmet Oz.
“In a new campaign ad slated for release Wednesday, tax-dodging charges raised in his 2016 Senate bid are getting the spotlight to highlight GOP criticisms that the current Democratic lieutenant governor’s agenda would raise taxes while he and a group he headed failed to pay theirs on a string of properties.”
The ensuing tax evasion scandal could mark the beginning of the end for Fetterman’s campaign.
And the reason why is that Fetterman has a long history of supporting tax hikes across the board.
But with his own record of avoiding taxes now public information, the attacks are already pouring in that Fetterman rightly supports higher taxes for voters but works to avoid paying taxes for himself.
Scandals such as this tend to be major issues for politicians to overcome, and often the challenges prove to be insurmountable.
And while there’s still time for Fetterman to turn the ship around, it’s clear that he needs a course correction quickly before the race suddenly becomes about his own record on taxes.
“While he eventually paid the taxes, Pittsburgh’s Channel 4 News said Fetterman ‘has a history of unpaid taxes.’ At the time, he told the station that mistakes and a clerical error were to blame, though the excuse did not sit well with voters. The new ad said, ‘John Fetterman, unpaid taxes for him, higher taxes for you,’” adds the Washington Examiner.
If the Pennsylvania Senate race ends up becoming a challenge about Joe Biden’s failed record in office and John Fetterman’s history of unpaid taxes, it’s almost certain that Democrats will end up losing the seat in November, giving them very little path to securing outright control in a chamber that is currently split 50-50 between them and the Republicans.
And Fetterman’s campaign knows this too, which is why he’s desperately trying to make the race about anything but his own record.