On Sunday, Democratic Congressional Candidate, Matt Cartwright, was endorsed by the Scranton based Times Leader, the Wilkes-Barre based Citizens' Voice and by columnist Kevin Blaum from the Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre.
"I am proud and humbled to receive endorsements from these fine publications," said Cartwright. "Their support echoes our message of sticking up for working class families and making sure that Northeastern Pennsylvania has a strong voice in Congress."
In its endorsement the Times-Tribune wrote:
The editorial board endorses Scranton lawyer Matt Cartwright.
Overall, Mr. Cartwright focused on tax reform, health care and education reform.
Mr. Cartwright would be a vocal and active representative.
The Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice, citing Cartwright's vision for bringing jobs to Northeastern Pennsylvania, described its endorsement of Cartwright:
Cartwright promises to be a more vocal advocate for programs and legislation that will improve the lives of average citizens in Wilkes-Barre, Pittston and other cities and towns across Northeastern Pennsylvania, including tariffs to counter what he calls unfair trading practices by China, improvements to our transportation infrastructure, tax policies that will moderate income inequality and reasonable defense cuts.
But Cartwright has more than geography in his favor and we endorse him in Tuesday's race. Judging by Cartwright's campaign and Holden's record, Cartwright would be a stronger advocate for working families in our region.
Blaum is a former state Rep. and Times-Leader columnist who has previously criticized Holden for his refusal to debate Cartwright. He wrote:
Throughout this campaign Matt Cartwright has demonstrated an extraordinary energy, intelligence and the natural leadership that the job requires and that the Pennsylvania congressional delegation so desperately needs.
Cartwright has all the tools. He is the most promising congressional candidate I've seen from this region in more than three decades