Hazleton mayor running for Congress

February 7, 2008 1:15:04 PM PST
Democrats haven't wasted any time in responding to Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta's announcement that he's running for Congress. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee accuses the Republican mayor of favoring the privatization of Social Security and "gambling with our seniors' retirement savings." That's a line of attack Democrats hope will resonate in a district whose population is largely elderly.

The 11th District in northeastern Pennsylvania has kept Democratic Congressman Paul Kanjorski in office for 12 terms.

Kanjorski defeated Barletta in 2002 by more than 13 percentage points. But this time, Barletta has the advantage of a national profile because of his hard-line stance against illegal immigration.