Congressman-elect Marc Molinaro says he hopes representatives of “purple” districts will drive House coverage. (KT Kanazawich/WSKG)
With Republicans taking a slim majority in the House of Representatives subsequent 12 months, new Representative-elect Marc Molinaro hopes moderates in purple districts will drive coverage in the chamber.
Molinaro mentioned he hopes moderates representing swing seats, like his nineteenth Congressional District, band collectively to drive the House’s agenda.
“In order to manipulate, it’s going to take plenty of us in these purple districts, from purple elements of the nation, actually working collectively,” Molinaro instructed reporters shortly after declaring victory on election night time.
Molinaro additionally says this entails working throughout the aisle with Democrats, one thing he wish to do with the Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers that has concerned itself in negotiations over contentious measures in latest years.
Molinaro additionally mentioned he desires to give attention to coverage issues and fewer on partisan feuds in Washington.
“Americans are struggling too onerous and they’re bored with watching politicians yell at one another and blame each other,” Molinaro mentioned. “They’re going to want us functioning collectively and that’s what I’ll intend to do.”
Molinaro has distanced himself from additional right-leaning elements of the occasion. He instructed WSKG that he wouldn’t be afraid to interrupt from the occasion if a vote implementing a nationwide ban on abortion got here to the ground. On election night time, Molinaro mentioned he’s made this stance clear to Republican Party Leadership.
Current House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was reelected to proceed main House Republicans this week, keeping off a problem by the right-leaning House Freedom Caucus.
“They know my place fairly nicely,” Molinaro mentioned.
McCarthy and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel attended a fundraiser for Molinaro shortly earlier than the election. Molinaro narrowly received the nineteenth Congressional District race towards Democrat Josh Riley.