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Three former GOP congressmen from Pennsylvania are a part of a new campaign effort supporting the Democratic presidential candidate. 

On Monday morning, former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign officially rolled out its “Republicans for Biden” campaign that included endorsements from 27 former GOP lawmakers including Reps. Bill Clinger, Charlie Dent, and Jim Greenwood. 

Dent, the former Lehigh County lawmaker, formally announced his support for Biden during an interview on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper last Wednesday.

“At the end of the day, this really isn’t about right or left, it’s not about ideology,” Dent said during the interview. “For me, it’s about right or wrong, stability versus instability, security versus insecurity, normal versus abnormal.”

Shortly after the interview was aired, Dent also shared an op-ed that he wrote that further explains his decision to support Biden’s candidacy over a fellow Republican. 

Dent, who is currently a CNN commentator, served in Congress from 2005-2019 and is the lone PA member of this trio to serve as a member of Congress during Trump’s tenure in the Oval Office. Dent was a leader of the moderate GOP Tuesday Group and emerged as a vocal critic of Trump within the party when the president was elected, who did not support Trump in 2016, but instead voted for independent candidate Evan McMullin

Greenwood, who served from 1993-2005 in the Bucks County based district, was also known for his moderate voting record. His old district is home to Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks), who is the lone GOP member of Congress in the state to not yet declare his support for Trump in the upcoming election. Greenwood is currently the president and CEO of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO). 

Clinger served the state’s 23rd District from 1979-1993, then the 5th District from 1993-1997. The Warren County Republican chaired the Government and Oversight Committee during the Clinton administration. In 2016, Clinger was one of 30 former GOP elected officials to sign a public letter condemning then-GOP presidential nominee Trump saying that they couldn’t vote for Trump and that he “makes a mockery” of their principles.

Pennsylvania and New York are the only states to include more than two former members of Congress in the newly launched effort from the Biden campaign.

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Author: John Cole