Republican begins campaign for Rep. Holden's seat

Of The Morning Call

The lone Republican running for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 17th District is officially launching her campaign.

Laureen Cummings, a nurse and small business owner in Lackawanna County, will make stops throughout the district to introduce herself and announce her bid. Cummings will speak in Easton at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday in front of the Northampton County Government Center.

Cummings, who had previously planned to run for Senate, says she is a staunch pro-life candidate and a supporter of the second amendment right to bear arms. She wants to abolish the IRS and thinks smaller government is essential to the future growth and prosperity of America.

The Republican has been quiet so far as incumbent Democratic Rep. Tim Holden is facing a primary election challenge from Lackawanna County attorney Matt Cartwright. Both Holden and Cartwright have launched attack ad campaigns throughout the district.

The 17th District is more liberal under the state’s new congressional map, which takes affect in 2013. Holden is a conservative Democrat, while Cartwright, who has never held public office, has campaigned as a more left-wing alternative.

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