DFA backs Leach in PA 13

The national progressive group Democracy for America Thursday endorsed state Sen. Daylin Leach of Montgomery County in the competitive race for the Democratic nomination in Pennsylvania’s 13th congressional district.

The organization will email its endorsement to its 1 million members across the nation this afternoon. (DFA claims more than 50,000 members in Pennsylvania.)

“We can depend on Daylin Leach to lead the fight in Congress against income inequality on day one, because whether it's as a lawyer, professor, or State Senator, he's always stood up and fought for the working poor and middle class,” Charles Chamberlin, executive director of DFA, says in the email.

The message asks members to support and donate to Leach’s campaign in the 13th District, which is coming open because U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D.,Pa.) is running for governor. The endorsement could be a valuable boost in a race against former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies, physician/activist Dr. Val Arkoosh, and state Rep. Brendan Boyle, whose district is in Northeast Pennsylvania.

“For more than a decade in Pennsylvania, I have been fighting for the principals of DFA,” Leach writes. “I've taken on the NRA and worked to pass common-sense gun control legislation; I've stood up to our Republican Governor Tom Corbett when he tried to cut funding from our schools and access to women's health care; and I'm going to Washington to take on the big banks and Wall Street to get our economy back on track.”

DFA’s Montgomery County chapter has already endorsed Leach, as has the liberal group Philly for Change.