Pennsylvania's Rep. Ryan Costello will not seek reelection

Marsha Scott
March 27, 2018

National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee (NRCC) chair Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) said the organization will "work tirelessly" to maintain GOP control of the House seat Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) has said he will vacate in January 2019. "Some of the stuff that gets said about me, some of the things that people do, I find extremely distasteful. But he has to make his own decisions".

"We will work tirelessly to ensure this seat remains in Republican hands". Houlahan, Costello is taking a very early exit from this swing district. Costello announced on Sunday that he would not be seeking re-election, ending weeks of speculation about his future and boosting Democratic hopes of winning his House seat.

Keleman says for a new candidate to develop the name-recognition and goodwill that Costello's developed in more than a decade in local and county politics, it would likely cost millions. "It has been a deeply personal decision and evaluation". Democrat Chrissy Houlahan, who reached out to congratulate Costello on his service, is running for Costello's seat.

Costello had suggested impeaching the judges who imposed the map.

He said his decision to leave the race was not a matter of fear that he would lose to Houlahan. "It now includes all of Chester County and Reading, and Costello currently represents 50 percent of the newly drawn 6th District", Inside Elections wrote.

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"Whether it's (President Trump's rumored affair with porn start) Stormy Daniels, or passing an omnibus spending bill that the president threatens to veto after promising to sign, it's very hard to move forward in a constructive way today", Costello contended.

He cited family, the political environment and redistricting as reasons for his decision.

Costello, who announced Sunday that he will not seek reelection, told MSNBC's Kasie Hunt that he is always overshadowed by controversies and shakeups at the White House when he tries to get messages out about policy proposals he supports.

"Plus I think there is a lot of hate out there, from the left especially, and it's a very angry environment", he said.

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