Bognet announces bid for Congress; seeks rematch with Cartwright

WILKES-BARRE — Republican Hazle Twp. resident Jim Bognet is seeking a rematch against Democratic U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright in next year’s election, vowing to topple the fifth-term congressman by linking him to unpopular liberal policies.

Bognet, who lost to Cartwright in a 2020 challenge, announced his entry into the race Tuesday morning on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre.

The 46-year-old, who was a President Donald Trump appointee, said Cartwright supports President Joe Biden’s agenda and votes in lockstep with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California.

“Matt Cartwright has given his vote over to Nancy Pelosi and represents San Francisco values. I will always fight for Northeastern Pennsylvania values,” Bognet said. “Matt Cartwright is a big government trial attorney.”

The 8th Congressional District comprises much of Luzerne County, most of Monroe County and all of Lackawanna, Pike and Wayne counties.

In the 2020 race, Cartwright defeated Bognet by 178,004 votes to 165,783, or 51.8% to 48.2%.

Bognet vowed to crack down on illegal immigration, fight against tax increases, preserve the Second Amendment, support small businesses and fight government overspending.

“Joe Biden and Matt Cartwright came to power in January promising to make America better, but I think America has gotten worse,” Bognet said. “Inflation is out of control and prices are skyrocketing. Oil prices have doubled. Gas is out of control. It’s going to be hard for seniors to heat their homes,” Bognet said. “That’s Joe Biden and Matt Cartwright’s America.”

Democrats currently control the U.S. House with 220 members compared to 212 for Republicans. There are three vacant seats.

Bognet vowed to win to help Republicans take back control of the chamber

“In this rematch, Matt Cartwright is going down like Apollo Creed in Rocky II,” Bognet said.

Attempts to reach Cartwright’s campaign were not immediately successful.