GOP hits Callahan on his ***ing rejection

June 30, 2009

Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan has turned down running for Congress before — and now the GOP is trying to turn that against him.

Rahm Emanuel, then head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, called Callahan in 2005 to inquire about a run. And in vintage Emanuelese, he was more than straightforward. “Are you tired of being ****ing mayor yet?”  Emanuel asked, as outlined in Naftali Bendavid’s 2007 book, “The Thumpin’.” Callahan turned it around on Emanuel. “It’s better than being a ****ing congressman,” he said.

The National Republican Congressional Committee chimed in with this today:

“With Lehigh Valley facing such tough times, how can middle-class families entrust John Callahan with representing them in Congress when he holds such disdain for the job in the first place?” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “After now caving to the powers that be in Washington, Pennsylvania voters are getting a glimpse of what the future holds if John Callahan is elected to Congress.”
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