Why does Lt. Gov. John Fetterman want to run for Senate?

Pennsylvania

2022 election


Fig. 1. There’s much too much of this kind of thing to be seen around Pittsburgh. Photograph taken by author through his windshield, May 17, 2022, just outside Braddock, Pennsylvania.


Fig. 2. John Fetterman as mayor of Braddock, photograph uncredited and undated, via Next Pittsburgh,[2] fair use.

See also:

Kim Lyons, “Braddock Mayor John Fetterman keeps on truckin’ in his quest for the Senate,” Next Pittsburgh, March 11, 2016, https://nextpittsburgh.com/features/the-challengers-braddock-mayor-john-fetterman-keeps-on-truckin/

Ben Terris, “The ballad of Big John Fetterman: Democrats yearned for a folk hero. But will they vote for one?” Washington Post, June 19, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-ballad-of-big-john-fetterman-democrats-yearned-for-a-folk-hero-but-will-they-vote-for-one/2018/06/18/d63d9cac-6a62-11e8-bf8c-f9ed2e672adf_story.html

NEXTpittsburgh, “Why does Lt. Gov. John Fetterman want to run for Senate?” Public Source, January 15, 2021, https://www.publicsource.org/why-does-lt-gov-john-fetterman-want-to-run-for-senate/

Zoe Richards, “PA Lt. Gov. Fetterman Files To Run For Toomey Seat In 2022,” Talking Points Memo, February 5, 2021, https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/pa-lt-gov-fetterman-files-to-run-for-toomey-seat-in-2022


John Fetterman, “I'm running for the U.S. Senate to fight for all of Pennsylvania. . .,” Twitter, February 8, 2021, https://twitter.com/JohnFetterman/status/1358776958042181635

Holly Otterbein, “John Fetterman launches Senate bid in Pennsylvania,” Politico, February 8, 2021, https://www.politico.com/news/2021/02/08/fetterman-senate-pennsylvania-466932

Stephen Caruso, “Fetterman justifies — but does not apologize for — chasing down and brandishing shotgun at Black jogger while Braddock mayor,” Pennsylvania Capital-Star, February 10, 2021, https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/fetterman-justifies-but-does-not-apologize-for-chasing-down-and-brandishing-shotgun-at-black-jogger-while-braddock-mayor/

Katie Meyer, “Braddock made John Fetterman a politician. It’s also home to some of his biggest critics,” WHYY, April 26, 2021, https://whyy.org/articles/braddock-made-john-fetterman-a-politician-its-also-home-to-some-of-his-biggest-critics/

John L. Micek, “‘Flag Police’ acting at GOP’s urging, took down Pride Month flags, Fetterman tells donors,” Pennsylvania Capital-Star, June 2, 2021, https://www.penncapital-star.com/blog/flag-police-acting-at-gops-urging-took-down-pride-month-flags-fetterman-tells-donors/

Amy B. Wang and Michael Scherer, “Sean Parnell ends Pennsylvania Senate campaign after wife granted sole legal custody of their children,” Washington Post, November 22, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2021/11/22/sean-parnell-children-custody/

Trip Gabriel, “Dr. Oz Says He’s Running for Senate in Pennsylvania,” New York Times, November 30, 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/30/us/politics/dr-oz-senate-run-pennsylvania.html

Jonathan Tamari, Ryan W. Briggs, and Jonathan Lai, “Senate candidate Mehmet Oz says he’s a Pennsylvania resident now. So why’s he still hanging out in his New Jersey mansion?” Philadelphia Inquirer, December 2, 2021, https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/does-dr-oz-live-in-pennsylvania-20211202.html

Julia Terruso and Jonathan Tamari, “John Fetterman skipped a forum with Black clergy and some Democrats say he’s ducking scrutiny,” Philadelphia Inquirer, January 25, 2022, https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/john-fetterman-2022-senate-race-black-clergy-20220125.html

Holly Otterbein, “Pennsylvania Dems decline to endorse in Senate primary,” Politico, January 29, 2022, https://www.politico.com/news/2022/01/29/pennsylvania-democrats-decline-to-endorse-senate-00003442

Susan Phillips, “Mariner East pipeline motivates activist’s Green Party run for Pa. governor,” WHYY, March 13, 2022, https://whyy.org/articles/mariner-east-pipeline-motivates-activists-green-party-run-for-pa-governor/

Julia Terruso and Jonathan Tamari, “John Fetterman skipped the first Pa. Senate debate. His rivals made it all about him anyway,” Philadelphia Inquirer, April 3, 2022, https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pa-democratic-senate-debate-fetterman-lamb-kenyatta-20220403.html

Julia Terruso, “An ad supporting Conor Lamb sparked a backlash for wrongly calling John Fetterman a ‘self-described democratic socialist,’” Philadelphia Inquirer, April 7, 2022, https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/conor-lamb-super-pac-ad-john-fetterman-20220407.html

Jonathan Tamari, “Donald Trump endorses Mehmet Oz in Pa. Senate race,” Philadelphia Inquirer, April 9, 2022, https://www.inquirer.com/news/trump-endorses-mehmet-oz-pa-2022-20220409.html

Tina Nguyen, “The Trump-Oz-‘Dave’ Love Triangle Takes a Dark Turn,” Puck News, April 12, 2022, https://puck.news/the-trump-oz-dave-love-triangle-takes-a-dark-turn/

Gillian McGoldrick, “New Pa. U.S. Senate poll: John Fetterman pulling ahead as Democratic favorite, GOP race still wide open,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 14, 2022, https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2022/04/14/fetterman-pulls-ahead-as-democratic-favorite-gop-pa-senate-race-still-wide-open-in-april-f-m-poll/stories/202204130138

Daniel Strauss, “Is Conor Lamb Collapsing Against John Fetterman in Pennsylvania?” New Republic, April 21, 2022, https://newrepublic.com/article/166164/conor-lamb-collapsing-john-fetterman-pennsylvania

Julia Terruso and Jonathan Tamari, “5 takeaways from Thursday’s Pennsylvania Democratic Senate debate,” Philadelphia Inquirer, April 22, 2022, https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pa-democratic-senate-debate-fetterman-lamb-kenyatta-20220421.html-2

Andrew Seidman, “A top GOP candidate for governor campaigned at an event promoting QAnon and conspiracy theories about 9/11,” Philadelphia Inquirer, April 27, 2022, https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/doug-mastriano-teddy-daniels-qanon-conference-gop-candidates-20220427.html

Gillian McGoldrick, “Trump supporters still unsure about Oz in Pa.’s U.S. Senate GOP race, despite former president’s endorsement,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 9, 2022, https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2022/05/09/donald-trump-dr-oz-senate-run-endorsement-greensburg-rally-dave-mccormick-pa-republican-primary-polling/stories/202205080176

Julian Routh, “John Fetterman, Democratic front-runner for Senate, makes blitz through southwestern Pa. ahead of primary,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 10, 2022, https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2022/05/10/us-senate-candidate-john-fetterman-southwestern-pennsylvania-counties-ahead-of-primary/stories/202205100137

Jonathan Tamari and Julia Terruso, “Kathy Barnette is the surprise Pa. Senate candidate who just might win. Now she’s getting new scrutiny,” Philadelphia Inquirer, May 11, 2022, https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/kathy-barnette-momentum-pa-senate-2022-20220511.html

Jonathan Tamari, “Trump just warned Republicans that Kathy Barnette ‘will never be able to win’ the Pa. Senate race,” Philadelphia Inquirer, May 12, 2022, https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/donald-trump-kathy-barnette-pa-senate-20220512.html

Jonathan Tamari, Julia Terruso, and Ryan W. Briggs, “The ‘knives are coming out’ for Kathy Barnette as Republicans, and Trump, scramble to stop her,” Philadelphia Inquirer, May 12, 2022, https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/kathy-barnette-oz-mccormick-attack-pa-senate-20220512.html

Jake Blumgart, “Can this offbeat tattooed Democrat flip a Pennsylvania Senate seat?” Guardian, May 14, 2022, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/may/14/john-fetterman-pennsylvania-senate-campaign-democrat

Zach Montellaro, Meredith McGraw, and Holly Otterbein, “Trump endorses Mastriano for Pennsylvania governor,” Politico, May 14, 2022, https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/14/trump-endorses-mastriano-pennsylvania-governor-00032538

Julia Terruso and Sean Collins Walsh, “John Fetterman suffered a stroke just days before Pa. Senate primary but says he’s recovering well,” Philadelphia Inquirer, May 15, 2022, https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/john-fetterman-stroke-20220515.html

Benjamin Hart, “The Democratic Party Is Extremely Unpopular Right Now,” New York, May 16, 2022, https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2022/05/the-democratic-party-is-extremely-unpopular-right-now.html

Natalie Allison, Zach Montellaro, and Ally Mutnick, “McCormick and Oz neck-and-neck in Pennsylvania as Fetterman gets Dem Senate nod,” Politico, May 18, 2022, https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/17/gop-picks-swing-state-nominees-for-key-midterm-races-00033271

Rachel Bade, Eugene Daniels, and Ryan Lizza, “Takeaways from the biggest primary night of the year,” Politico, May 18, 2022, https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook/2022/05/18/takeaways-from-the-biggest-primary-night-of-the-year-00033345

Greg Sargent, “Say it clearly: Republicans just nominated a pro-Trump insurrectionist,” Washington Post, May 18, 2022, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/05/18/doug-mastriano-insurrectionist/

David Siders, “‘Beware what you wish for’: 5 takeaways from a key primary night,” Politico, May 18, 2022, https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/18/pennsylvania-north-carolina-oregon-primary-election-takeaways-00033339

Jonathan Lai, “The Oz and McCormick campaigns are already fighting over undated Pa. mail ballots as Senate primary recount looms,” Philadelphia Inquirer, May 21, 2022, https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/mccormick-oz-undated-mail-ballots-pa-senate-primary-20220521.html

David Cohen, “Fetterman discharged from hospital,” Politico, May 22, 2022, https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/22/john-fetterman-released-hospital-00034274

Julian Routh, “For Pa. GOP, no turning back in bid vs. Josh Shapiro as party leaders back Doug Mastriano for governor,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 22, 2022, https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2022/05/22/mastriano-gop-nomination-republican-party-united/stories/202205220148

Stephen Caruso and Ethan Edward Coston, “How Doug Mastriano built a grassroots movement in Pa. on election denial, Christianity, and Facebook,” Spotlight PA, May 23, 2022, https://www.spotlightpa.org/news/2022/05/doug-mastriano-pa-governor-pennsylvania-shapiro/

Tom Avril and Julia Terruso, “John Fetterman got a defibrillator after his stroke. But doctors say the campaign’s story ‘doesn’t make sense,’” Philadelphia Inquirer, May 26, 2022, https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/john-fetterman-stroke-health-pacemaker-defibrillator-afib-20220526.html

Hannah Knowles, “David McCormick concedes to Mehmet Oz in Pa. Republican Senate primary,” Washington Post, June 3, 2022, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/06/03/david-mccormick-concedes-mehmet-oz-pa-republican-primary-senate-race/

Dan Merica, “Fetterman’s cardiologist says Democrat, who had stroke, suffers from atrial fibrillation and cardiomyopathy,” CNN, June 3, 2022, https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/03/politics/john-fetterman-health/index.html

Jonathan Tamari, “David McCormick concedes to Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania Republican Senate primary,” Philadelphia Inquirer, June 3, 2022, https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/david-mccormick-concede-pa-senate-primary-mehmet-oz-20220603.html

Chris Brennan, “‘Mastriano is unacceptable’: A group of Pennsylvania Republicans is organizing to support Shapiro,” Philadelphia Inquirer, July 6, 2022, https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/josh-shapiro-doug-mastriano-governor-republicans-endorsements-20220706.html

Monica Potts, “Why Democratic Appeals To The ‘Working Class’ Are Unlikely to Work,” FiveThirtyEight, July 6, 2022, https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-democratic-appeals-to-the-working-class-are-unlikely-to-work/

Julian Routh, “Group of Pa. Republicans bucking party to endorse Democrat Josh Shapiro for governor,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 6, 2022, https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2022/07/06/republican-endorsement-pennsylvania-governor-race-democrat-josh-shapiro-doug-mastriano-candidates/stories/202207050085

Marc Levy, “Fetterman absence raises stakes for Dems in key Senate race,” Erie News Now, July 15, 2022, https://www.erienewsnow.com/story/46878937/fetterman-absence-raises-stakes-for-dems-in-key-senate-race

Danielle Paquette, “Many young Democrats are furious at Democrats. But they’re pushing through,” Washington Post, July 16, 2022, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/07/16/democrats-young-voters-abortion-guns-midterms/

Philissa Cramer, “Republican Jews call on Doug Mastriano, GOP candidate for PA governor, to stop using Gab,” Jewish Telegraphic Agency, July 22, 2022, https://www.jta.org/2022/07/22/politics/republican-jews-call-on-doug-mastriano-gop-candidate-for-pa-governor-to-stop-using-gab

Marc Levy, “GOP warms to far-right gubernatorial nominee in Pennsylvania,” Associated Press, July 25, 2022, https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-abortion-campaigns-presidential-election-2020-b261a2e8a1689f13c3c4ab756423da95

Jonathan Tamari, “Trump’s ‘Stop the Steal’ allies are back on the ballot in Pa., and could win more power over the next election,” Philadelphia Inquirer, July 28, 2022, https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pa-jan-6-2022-elections-mastriano-shapiro-20220728.html

Julian Routh, “Doug Mastriano responds to criticisms over Gab account, removes profile from site,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 29, 2022, https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2022/07/29/doug-mastriano-gab-pennsylvania-governor-josh-shapiro-account-race-election/stories/202207290073

Jonathan Tamari, “Fetterman and Shapiro lead Oz and Mastriano in key Pa. races, despite headwinds against Democrats, poll finds,” Philadelphia Inquirer, July 29, 2022, https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pa-2022-poll-fetterman-oz-shapiro-mastriano-senate-gov-20220729.html

Julian Routh, “John Fetterman’s campaign asks Pa. TV stations to remove ad saying he wants to ‘eliminate life sentences for murderers,’” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 5, 2022, https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2022/08/04/john-fetterman-mehmet-oz-senate-pennsylvania-campaign-television-ads-life-sentences/stories/202208040094

Julia Terruso, “Fetterman keeps attacking Oz for being from New Jersey. That’s resonating in parochial Pa.,” Philadelphia Inquirer, August 14, 2022, https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/mehmet-oz-pennsylvania-parochialism-senate-fetterman-20220814.html

William Bender, “Doug Mastriano’s comments on Islam and climate change resurface, the latest hit for his campaign,” Philadelphia Inquirer, August 19, 2022, https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/doug-mastriano-islam-global-warming-2018-governor-pennsylvania-20220819.html

Julia Terruso and Jonathan Lai, “Women are registering to vote in Pa. in numbers far exceeding men since the Supreme Court abortion decision,” Philadelphia Inquirer, August 22, 2022, https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pennsylvania-women-voter-registration-dobbs-20220822.html

Chris Brennan, “Doug Mastriano wore a Confederate Army uniform in an Army War College faculty photo,” Philadelphia Inquirer, August 26, 2022, https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/doug-mastriano-confederate-uniform-photo-army-war-college-20220826.html

Dana Milbank, “And on the eighth day, God said: Let Mastriano win Pennsylvania,” Washington Post, September 9, 2022, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/09/09/doug-mastriano-prophet-julie-green/

Tina Nguyen, “Doug Mastriano’s Snowflake Strategy,” Puck News, September 14, 2022, https://puck.news/doug-mastrianos-snowflake-strategy/

Ryan Deto, “Pennsylvania’s high-stakes U.S. Senate race between Oz, Fetterman tightens,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, September 16, 2022, https://triblive.com/news/pennsylvania/pennsylvanias-high-stakes-u-s-senate-race-between-oz-fetterman-tightens/

Andrew Goldstein, “Analysis from Pa. teachers group shows ‘terrifying’ results from Mastriano education funding plan,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 16, 2022, https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2022/09/16/analysis-pa-teachers-mastriano-education-funding-plan-results/stories/202209160136

Holly Otterbein, “He Could Be Our First Jewish President. But First He Needs to Beat a Christian Nationalist,” Politico, September 16, 2022, https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2022/09/16/josh-shapiro-faith-campaign-00056846

Ron Kampeas, “Critics compare salutes at Trump and Mastriano rallies to Nazi ‘Sieg Heil,’” Times of Israel, September 20, 2022, https://www.timesofisrael.com/critics-compare-salutes-at-trump-mastriano-rallies-to-nazi-sieg-heil/

Mariana Alfaro and Annabelle Timsit, “GOP governor nominee once urged murder charges for women getting abortions,” Washington Post, September 28, 2022, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/09/28/doug-mastriano-abortion/

William Bender and Jonathan Tamari, “As campaign struggles, Doug Mastriano plans ‘40 days of fasting and prayer,’” Philadelphia Inquirer, September 28, 2022, https://www.inquirer.com/news/doug-mastriano-fasting-prayer-campaign-rally-struggling-20220928.html

Julia Terruso and Jonathan Lai, “Pa. Republicans are gaining on Democrats in registered voters. We look at what that really means,” Philadelphia Inquirer, September 28, 2022, https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/pennsylvania-voter-registration-data-democrats-republicans-20220928.html

  1. [2]Kim Lyons, “Braddock Mayor John Fetterman keeps on truckin’ in his quest for the Senate,” Next Pittsburgh, March 11, 2016, https://nextpittsburgh.com/features/the-challengers-braddock-mayor-john-fetterman-keeps-on-truckin/

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