Meuser Opponent Seizes On ISIS Comment
The campaign manager for Denny Wolff, the Democrat running for the 9th Congressional District, ripped Republican nominee Dan Meuser as “unfit for office” for comments about “the liberal left” replacing ISIS as the “greatest threat.”
Meuser on Friday replied with a statement clarifying what he said Wednesday night to more than 50 supporters in Berks County.
“I do not feel that ISIS, a murdering terrorist organization, is in the same category as the extreme Congressional left,” Meuser said. “What I said was that ISIS, two years ago, was arguably our country’s biggest threat. Due to President Trump’s efforts, policies and our strong military, they have been contained and nearly eradicated. I did say on a much different level, the extreme left socialist agenda is perhaps now our country’s biggest threat. Again, not equating the two. Any reasonable person would clearly know that they are obviously two different types of threats.”
According to a report in the Reading Eagle about of Wednesday’s event in Berks County, Meuser said ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria terrorist group, “is barely moving at this point” because of President Donald Trump’s agenda.
“And unfortunately, I think it has been replaced. The greatest threat is the liberal left,” Meuser said in the Reading Eagle news article.
Wolff campaign manager Keith Pemrick issued his take on Wednesdays’s comments in a news release emailed to the news media Friday.
“Someone who thinks that Americans with different views are worse than ISIS can’t be trusted to do this job. He doesn’t belong in Congress, because he’s only going to make it worse,” Pemrick said. “Denny knows that liberals, conservatives and moderates are Americans and have a right to speak.”
Meuser campaign spokesman Mike Barley replied, “What is interesting is that Denny Wolff feels so compelled to protect the liberal left. I guess he feels the need to protect his own.”
The 9th District includes Columbia, Carbon, Schuylkill, Montour, Berks and Lebanon counties, part of Northumberland County and western parts of Luzerne County. Meuser is a Dallas resident. Wolf is from Millville, Columbia County.