Another Pennsylvania House Democrat Backs Trump Impeachment

Dec 16, 2019

Another House Democrat from Pennsylvania has come out in support of the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump that were scheduled for a full House vote on Wednesday.

Four-term Rep. Matt Cartwright of northeastern Pennsylvania revealed his decision in an opinion piece published Monday in his hometown newspaper, the Times-Tribune of Scranton, and USA Today.

Cartwright easily won re-election in 2018 and 2016, although Trump won his district by nearly 10 percentage points in 2016 over Democrat Hillary Clinton. That's made Cartwright a target of Republicans.

Eight of nine Pennsylvania Democrats in the House now support the articles of impeachment. One Democrat, freshman Rep. Chrissy Houlahan of suburban Philadelphia, hasn't revealed a decision. Clinton easily won Houlahan's district in 2016.

All nine Republican House members from Pennsylvania have said they will vote against the articles. That includes Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of suburban Philadelphia, who on occasion breaks party ranks to vote with Democrats. Clinton narrowly won Fitzpatrick's district in 2016.

Trump is the fourth U.S. president to face impeachment proceedings and the first to run for reelection at the same time.