By: Jim Eckstorm (Originally Published in The Bradford Era on February 12, 2022)
SMETHPORT — About 100 people turned out Saturday afternoon for a U.S. Senate campaign stop at the Smethport Fire Department by Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who was swinging through the Northern Tier.
Fetterman, seeking the Democratic nomination to run for the seat held by Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican who is retiring after 2022, said he was “blown away” by the turnout in Smethport and he mentioned what a thrill it was for him and his wife Giselle to visit the Kinzua Bridge State Park and see the famous railroad bridge earlier in the day.
The lieutenant governor said he understood the political demographics of McKean County, which leans heavily Republican, but he believes it’s important to connect with rural Pennsylvanians to show that both Republicans and Democrats can find common ground at a time “when there’s a real hunger” to get past the divisive politics of the day.
“Life in public service means you are going to work for everyone and make sure they aren’t left behind or forgotten,” he told the enthusiastic crowd.