Por: Raymond Acosta

Con las carreras abiertas de Pensilvania para gobernador y Senado de los Estados Unidos tomando forma, los candidatos republicanos con fuertes lazos con Donald Trump se están postulando y se consideran fuertes contendientes para las nominaciones del partido, una señal poderosa de la popularidad duradera del expresidente dentro del Partido Republicano.

Con unos días de diferencia, Sean Parnell entró en la carrera por el Senado de los Estados Unidos y Lou Barletta entró en la carrera para gobernador. Trump había instado a ambos hombres a postularse para cargos públicos anteriores.

Barletta explicó el cálculo para postularse bajo la bandera republicana.

“Donald Trump is still the leader of the Republican Party and anybody who believes otherwise, they don’t know what they’re talking about, and especially in Pennsylvania,” Barletta told former Trump adviser Steve Bannon on Bannon’s podcast, “War Room.”

Parnell and Barletta have ties to Trump that go deep.

Barletta was co-chair of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign in Pennsylvania and a loyal ally on Capitol Hill when he was in Congress. He was Trump’s endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate in 2018 and watched the Super Bowl that year with the then-president. He was one of Trump’s hand-picked presidential electors in Pennsylvania last year and has hired veterans of Trump’s campaign to run his own.