Hazleton, PA – Following the Associated Press’s call of the PA-8 race at 4:18pm, Jim Bognet, GOP candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania’s 8th district, issued the following statement:

“For the grandson of an Italian immigrant coal miner from Hazleton to be chosen by the voters of NEPA as their Republican nominee for Congress is beyond humbling - it is the American Dream come to life. It’s an honor to be chosen by the hard working people of NEPA to be the GOP nominee, and one I take very seriously. Now is the time for all Republicans to join together so we can send Matt Cartwright packing in November, and throw Nancy Pelosi’s speakership onto the ash heap of history where it belongs.

“It’s long past time for Pelosi’s lap dog to be sent packing, and the only way we can do that is through Republicans, Independents, and blue-collar Democrats coming together to end the rule by elitist liberals like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Matt Cartwright. We will build a coalition of voters that understands what it means to dig a ditch, clean a house, or lay a brick to earn their daily bread, as opposed to doing what trial lawyers and socialist allies like Matt Cartwright do, which is to take money from small business owners and their workers to fund their leftist priorities. Together, we will turbocharge NEPA’s economy, reignite a blue-collar boom, and restore law and order to Pennsylvania and America.

“I want to congratulate all the other Republican candidates in the race for running spirited campaigns – all of them care deeply about NEPA and their communities, and all of them stepped forward to serve. I salute their hard work and personal sacrifice to offer to serve, and ask them to join with me to complete our mission to turn NEPA red again. To those voters who supported one of the other GOP candidates, let us join arms and work together to change America and save NEPA. I look forward to listening to and working with all of those who love our community in the weeks ahead to earn your trust and support.

“Together, we cannot be stopped, and we will Make America Great Again.”