Bob Casey

Why House Members Aren’t Rushing to Announce for Senate
Here’s a hint: It’s about raising campaign cash

Indiana Rep. Luke Messer is expected to run for Senate but has yet to make an official announcement. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It’s no secret that a handful of House members are mulling bids for the Senate next year, with several of them all but running their 2018 races already.

Most are in no rush to officially announce their Senate campaigns. Sixteen months is a long time to face the barrage of attacks that comes with running statewide. And in an uncertain political environment, candidates may be taking longer to test the waters. 

2018 Senate Recruitment: Too Early to Talk About It?
Challengers in tight races typically take their time to announce

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With the 2018 midterm elections about 18 months away, attention is shifting to the battle for the Senate — and who could emerge as potential challengers.

But history shows that prospective contenders have a few more months before they typically announce their candidacies.

Mitch McConnell, Still Playing the Long Game
Trump revelations, FBI director search, don't rattle majority leader

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not allow the latest news about President Donald Trump to knock him off message. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

BY JASON DICK AND JOE WILLIAMS, CQ ROLL CALL

It’s difficult to get Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to play anything but “The Long Game,” the Kentucky Republican’s political strategy, encapsulated by his 2016 memoir of the same name.

Senators React With Alarm, Caution to Report That Trump Revealed Classified Info
President's top security adviser: ‘I was in the room, it didn’t happen’

A Washington Post report alleges that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian officials last week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

By JOHN T. BENNETT, NIELS LESNIEWSKI and JOE WILLIAMSCQ Roll Call

Some senators expressed shock — while others reacted cautiously  — to a report Monday evening alleging that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about Islamic State plots gleaned by a U.S. ally to senior Russian officials. 

Senate Democrats Find Message on Trump’s Tax, Health Care Promises
Criticism expected to be major 2018 theme for minority party

President Donald Trump, center, acknowledges House Republicans after they passed legislation aimed at repealing and replacing the 2010 health care law, during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House on Thursday. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump rode into the White House on a populist wave with promises to protect working, middle-class families and vows to put the concerns of Main Street over those of Wall Street. 

But for Senate Democrats, those campaign pledges have yet to materialize in the Republicans’ first two major legislative priorities under a unified GOP government: repealing the 2010 health care law and overhauling the tax code.

Trump Encouraging Barletta to Challenge Casey in Senate
Pennsylvania congressman was one of Trump's earliest supporters

Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., is being pushed by President Donald Trump to run for Senate against Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Donald Trump is encouraging Rep Lou Barletta to run against Democratic Sen. Bob Casey Jr., the Pennsylvania Republican confirmed Wednesday.

Barletta confirmed that Trump and others have encouraged him to challenge Casey, who is running for re-election in 2018. Barletta said he and Trump spoke over the phone Monday night, a conversation first reported by the The Associated Press

Casey Appeals to Trump on Twitter to Halt Deportation
Mother and 5-year-old son set to return to Honduras, where she was ‘targeted for death,’ senator says

Sen. Bob Casey, Jr., D-Pa., tried to mobilize his Twitter followers to pressure the Trump administration to halt the deportation to Honduras of a woman targeted by gangs and her 5-year-old son. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey Jr. is calling for the Department of Homeland Security and President Donald Trump to halt the deportation of a mother and son to Honduras.

Casey later said he had talked to White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on the phone about the deportation, and the he would “hold him accountable to do the right thing.”

Word on the Hill: Party Time
Burgers in Cannon today

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks with her husband, Paul, center, and Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey at an Atlantic/CBS News pre-party before the 2016 White House Corespondents’ Association Dinner. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner is a day away. But Friday is a big night for parties to start the weekend off.

RealClearPolitics, the Distilled Spirits Council, the National Restaurant Association and the Beer Institute are joining for the first annual Toast to the First Amendment. It is from 7 to 10 p.m. at the National Restaurant Association, 2055 L St. NW.

Word on the Hill: Another D.C. Easter Egg Roll
The art competition is coming back

Celebrate Easter with the Washington Nationals this year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The annual White House Easter Egg Roll is no longer the only game in town.

The Washington Nationals are hosting their first-ever Easter Egg Hunt at Nationals Park on Sunday. It will take place on the field after the Nationals take on the Philadelphia Phillies at 1:35 p.m.

Rep. Mike Kelly Considering Senate Run Against Casey
Pennsylvania congressman, senator trade barbs

When asked about a potential Senate run against Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, Rep. Mike Kelly, center, said, “I’d be lying to you if I said I’m not looking.” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly amped up speculation Wednesday that he will try to oust Sen. Bob Casey next year, telling a conservative news site that he is considering a run for the seat.

“I’d be lying to you if I said I’m not looking so, sure. I’m looking,” the four-term Republican told The Daily Caller, adding that he was also interested in running for governor.