Barletta to announce Senate bid Tuesday: report

Barletta to announce Senate bid Tuesday: report
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Rep. Lou BarlettaLouis (Lou) James BarlettaEx-GOP congressman to lead group to protect Italian products from tariffs Head of Pennsylvania GOP resigns over alleged explicit texts Trump's most memorable insults and nicknames of 2018 MORE (R-Pa.) will announce his entrance into the Pennsylvania Senate GOP primary early Tuesday morning, the Times Leader reported Monday evening.

The announcement will be through a video statement, the report said.

Barletta, who was an early backer of President Trump, will enter a race that so far includes two Pennsylvania Republican state representatives. The winner of the primary will ultimately face off against incumbent Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyNew ObamaCare enrollment period faces Trump headwinds Scrap House defense authorization provision benefitting Russia Here are the Senate Democrats backing a Trump impeachment inquiry over Ukraine call MORE (D-Pa.).

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The Associated Press had previously reported that Barletta would enter the race.

Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party filed an ethics complaint against Barletta, alleging he misused official resources during discussions of a potential bid for Senate.

During an interview in his district office, Barletta told a local affiliate that he had “been looking at it very seriously,” referencing a Senate bid. In the background of the interview, the official House seal is within view.