It’s all on the line for Chuck Schumer in the 2022 elections.
The Democrats are clinging to the narrowest of majorities in the House and Senate.
Chuck Schumer knew he was in big trouble when this close ally called the police.
With the Senate split equally between Republicans and Democrats, the majority is a true jump ball next November.
The most important Senate race on the map will likely be the contest in Pennsylvania to fill the seat of retiring RINO Senator Pat Toomey.
Whichever party wins this race will in all likelihood win control of the Senate.
Republicans are eying holding this seat as the centerpiece of their path to oust Chuck Schumer as majority leader.
The first announced candidate in the race was Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman.
Fetterman is a radical leftist beloved by the grassroots, but he hails from western Pennsylvania when the majority of Pennsylvania Democrat voters reside in the eastern part of the state where Philadelphia is located.
That geographic disadvantage explains why Fetterman was the first Democrat in the race so he could build his name identification where the majority of voters live.
But as soon as he was in the race,Fetterman faced a scandal that could sink the Democrats in Pennsylvania next November and end Chuck Schumer’s run as Majority Leader.
In 2013 when Fetterman served as mayor of the town of Braddock, Fetterman allegedly pointed a shotgun at the chest of an innocent and unarmed black man after Fetterman thought he heard gunshots at a nearby school and saw the man running from that direction.
The New York Times reports:
In 2013, when he was mayor, Mr. Fetterman used his shotgun to stop an unarmed Black jogger and detain him, telling the police that he had heard shots fired near his home and spotted the man running, according to the police report. “Fetterman continued to yell and state that he knows this male was shooting,” the police report says.
An officer who patted down the man, Christopher Miyares, then 28, found no weapons. The officer noted that Mr. Miyares was wearing running clothes and headphones. Mr. Miyares was released.
At the time, Fetterman told a local TV affiliate that he thought he was in the right even though his actions may have been illegal.
“I believe I did the right thing,” Fetterman explained. “But I may have broken the law in the course of it. I’m certainly not above the law.”
Police filed no charges against Fetterman or the man he allegedly held at gunpoint.
But Fetterman knew how damaging this story would be.
Before the Times ran with the report, Fetterman’s campaign dispatched a dossier to spin Fetterman’s side of the story in the most favorable light possible.
“Mr. Fetterman’s nascent Senate campaign on Tuesday first emailed The Times a five-page document with contemporary news accounts that sought to emphasize that Mr. Fetterman did not know Mr. Miyares’s race when he pursued him, and to place their encounter in the context of what the document called a spate of gang-related gun violence in Braddock,” the Times also exclusively reported.
But this scandal could prove fatal for Fetterman’s campaign—and the Democrats’ hopes to retain their majority.
The Democrats’ coalition depends on high turnout from black voters in cities like Philadelphia as well as “woke” whites that live in the suburbs.
Any drop-off in voter turnout from these groups as a reaction to the Fetterman scandal could doom the Democrats’ chances to win the Senate race in Pennsylvania and would resign Chuck Schumer to at least two more years in the minority.
And a Republican Senate majority would spell the end of the Biden presidency as no major legislative initiatives would pass and the Senate GOP would leave every judicial vacancy empty in hopes a Republican would win in 2024.
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