Some of those private conversations took place this week as Lamb helped campaign for a Democratic State Senate candidate in the Scranton area – about 300 miles from his district on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, which has further fueled speculation that it would work statewide. Lamb is expected to solicit voters in the area on Saturday afternoon.
In a statement to POLITICO, campaign manager Abby Nassif-Murphy acknowledged that Lamb was eyeing the Senate race, but said “no decision has been made.”
“This is a frontline campaign in one of the most competitive districts in the country, and Conor is already facing attack ads from nationwide Republican super PACs. So we will continue to fundraise, defend Conor’s record and find opportunities to help Democrats vote wherever and whenever we can, ”Nassif-Murphy said.
Already one of the most difficult neighborhoods in the House, the Lamb district could appear more difficult in 2022 after Pennsylvania was forced to lose a seat in the redistribution. But those cards wouldn’t be drawn for months – long after Lamb and any other member of the State House delegation would need to declare a Senate candidacy.
Pennsylvania is already a crowded primary area for Democrats in one of their best pickup opportunities this round. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is the only elected official in the entire state to run and has $ 1.9 million in the bank after raising a massive sum in his first quarter. State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta had $ 217,000 in the bank. Montgomery County physician and commissioner Val Arkoosh entered the race earlier this month.
Representative Chrissy Houlahan, another House member who is usually among the top fundraisers in the state delegation, recently told the Philadelphia Inquirer that she is seriously considering participating in the race.
Lamb, which raised more than $ 400,000 in the first quarter, had $ 1.1 million as of March 31, according to its most recent financial disclosure.
If Lamb enters the Senate race, many Democrats believe they might not be able to field a candidate who could retain his district next fall, which will likely cost them a seat. But the final contours of his district could be drawn by a court: Republicans control the state legislature, but Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf can veto their cards.