It’s important to “monitor” our public servants to see how they are doing in serving their constituents and the public interest… and this is true whether or not they are running for reelection.
Monitoring Rep. Ryan Costello, 3/11-18: Costello 18 March 2018
and 3/18-25: Costello 25 March 2018
“Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” — Thomas Jefferson
By Michael Rellahan, Daily Local News, 3/25/18
WEST CHESTER >> Ending weeks of speculation in local and national political circles, U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6 of West Goshen, confirmed to the Daily Local News Sunday that he will not be a candidate for another term in Congress.
“It was a combination of factors,” Costello said of his startling decision, citing personal and political considerations that weighed heavily on him, as well as a distaste for the prospects of waging a bitter and costly campaign to hold the office he has occupied since 2015. “It has been a deeply personal decision and evaluation.
“But those who love me agree and those who I love agree with it,” a seemingly resigned and subdued Costello said in a one-on-one interview in West Chester. “I will not be running for re-election.”…
keep reading at Daily Local News
in email from Gov. Wolf, 3/23/18:
As quoted in “PA Gov Blasts ‘Undemocratic’ GOP Impeachment Bid Over Gerrymandering,” TPM, 3/21/18.
Vs. (from “Rep. Costello calls for impeachment of Pa. justices for approving ‘corrupt’ map,” The Mercury, 2/20/18):
“I think that this was a politically corrupt process,” Costello said from his office at the Historic Chester County Courthouse. He called on the state Legislature to begin impeachment proceedings against those on the high court who had voted in favor of the redistricting and redrew the map, “behind closed doors.”
You be the judge which map is “rigged” (the Trumpist term used in another quote from Rep. Costello):
District PA-06 before and after the PA Supreme Court acted:
In the first image, the gerrymandered district 6 (purple), in which Rep. Costello was elected, includes computer-selected patches of 4 counties (Lebanon cCounty is off the map to the left), and Chester County is broken up among 3 districts.
The 2nd image shows the new district, in which Rep. Costello faces not only a R primary opponent but also impressively strong general election opposition from Chrissy Houlahan, now running unopposed in the Dem primary.
From Elizabeth Moro, 3/23/18 (see also “Elizabeth Moro dropping out of Democratic primary in 6th District race,” Daily Local News, 3/23/18)
Over one year ago, I stepped into our nation’s Capitol to consider running for the U.S. Congress following the question I think we all were pondering after the election of 2016, “what can we do to help our country?”
For me, the answer was clear. With Vince and our children by my side, I entered the race. At the time the field was pretty open but soon I was engaged in a multi-way primary in a district that was the poster child of unconstitutional gerrymandering. I traveled throughout the five counties that made up the 7th Pennsylvania District and despite many upsets and odds, I was doing very well.
A few weeks ago, upon the ruling of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to redraw the districts, I was in a situation where a decision was needed: choose a new district (as the old one no longer existed) or quit….
keep reading at Elizabeth Moro