After primary fight, Altmire to join Critz at Dem unity rally

Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) will rally with Rep. Mark Critz (D-Pa.) on Monday morning, a major sign of Democratic party unity in southwest Pennsylvania after Critz bested Altmire in a primary two weeks ago.

Securing Altmire's backing after the hard-fought and sometimes nasty primary is a big deal for Critz — Altmire represents much more of the new district than Critz, and any underlying hostility between the two could hurt Critz as he seeks to hold the Republican-leaning district in the fall.

Altmire quickly endorsed Critz after it became clear he'd lost the primary in a new Republican-drawn district that stretches from suburban Pittsburgh to Critz's base in Johnstown, nearly two hours from the city.

"Congratulations to my colleague Congressman Mark Critz on his hard-fought and well-deserved victory in the primary," Altmire said in an election-night statement. "He has my full support as his campaign moves on to the fall."

Critz told The Hill shortly before the election that he wasn't sure he'd endorse Altmire if Critz lost the primary.

The rally will also be attended by Rep. Mike Doyle (D), the longtime congressman from Pittsburgh.