Democrats running marquee Senate races are going full steam ahead in the 2022 midterm races, turning to musician Dave Matthews to cheer up his devoted fans and bring them and others , to go to the polls.
Mr Matthews plans to visit another political hot spot on Wednesday when he parachutes into Pennsylvania to headline a rally for Lt. Governor John Fetterman in his bitter U.S. Senate race against Republican Mehmet Oz.
“I can promise you you don’t want to miss this,” Mr. Fetterman told his followers.
Mr. Matthews will be just on stage this week in North Carolina and Ohio, where he has sought to boost the senatorial campaigns of Democratic hopefuls Cheri Beasley and Tim Ryan, respectively.
Races in Pennsylvania, Ohio and North Carolina — the Democrats’ only plausible hopes of winning seats held by Republicans — will go a long way in determining whether their slim Senate majority crumbles.
“Please try to remember when election day comes around or before whenever you can, try to remember to try to put decent people in our government – decent people like Tim Ryan “, Mr. Matthews said at the end of his set in Columbus, where he played in front of a huge American flag and a “Tim Ryan Workers First” campaign sign.
During the show, Mr Matthews had so much to say, sharing the story of how his grandfather bought him a pack of cigarettes on his 18th birthday, urging the public to take care of the planet before it was “too late,” and talking about how the bags under his eyes were the result of drinking too much whiskey the night before.
Democrats have made the most of their ties to the music world and Hollywood. President Biden recently honored Elton John at the White House with the National Medal of Humanities and asked James Taylor to perform a special show at the Rose Garden to help celebrate the recent passage of the Reduction Act. inflation.
Republicans, meanwhile, have in the past leaned on Kid Rock to inflame their party loyalists.
Mr. Matthews’ appearance on Wednesday with Mr. Fetterman will come the day after the Democrat’s first – and only scheduled – debate with Mr. Oz, which won in the polls.
The highly anticipated case offered voters a belated opportunity to assess the Democrat’s health months after he suffered a stroke that largely sidelined him from the campaign trail and live television.
The health scare left Mr. Fetterman with “symptoms of an auditory processing disorder that may appear as hearing difficulty,” according to his doctor, who maintains the Democrat is still fit to serve elected office.
“His hearing of sounds such as music is not affected,” his doctor said.
Wednesday’s Fetterman Rally is scheduled to take place at an entertainment complex in Pittsburgh.
“This is the most important election in the nation, and I’m honored to have Dave Matthews join us in Pittsburgh for a rally to kick off our efforts to get the vote,” Fetterman said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to have Dave perform for all of our fans in Pittsburgh to thank everyone for their hard work to get to this point and highlight the stakes of this race for people across Pennsylvania.”