Last month, we reported on the latest developments in the race for Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district between Democrat incumbent Conor Lamb and Republican Sean Parnell, where the latest development at the time was Lamb’s spokesman and brother Coleman Lamb tweeting a death wish for Parnell.
At the time, Parnell’s campaign sent out a press release, saying that “[T]he social media post targeting Sean Parnell, a highly decorated combat veteran, indicates a new low for Conor Lamb’s campaign.”
“It is disappointing that Conor Lamb’s brother, a leader in his campaign, would stoop so low as to call for the death of a political opponent. It is distasteful and hateful rhetoric that has no place in political discourse,” said Sean Parnell at the time. “In the spirit of today’s cancel culture, one would expect calls for Coleman Lamb’s immediate dismissal. However, I believe that everyone needs a little grace from time to time. As despicable as Coleman Lamb’s comments are, everyone makes mistakes, and I hope that Coleman Lamb, Conor Lamb, and their campaign team can learn from it.”
But clearly the Lamb team hasn’t. Astonishingly, as of this writing, the tweet is still up:
— Coleman Lamb (@ColemanLamb) July 18, 2020
Now, Parnell is out with a new ad highlighting the depravity of Coleman’s tweet and the immaturity of the Lamb campaign.
“My opponent’s campaign said I should burn in hell and die. And that’s actually a quote,” the ad starts. It continues by saying that Parnell has “already been to hell,” highlighting Parnell’s military career, where he received a Purple Heart.
“I’m used to the Taliban wishing for my death. But a fellow American?
“I’m Sean Parnell. We need leaders who will bring us together, not pick childish fights. Conor Lamb’s already part of the problem. Haven’t we had enough of that?”
As we said at the time, confident candidates don’t do what Lamb’s team did. They’re obviously desperate, since PA-17 is a district ready to flip red.