Penn Dem Blasts Obama After Economic Speech

More rats flee ship.

They’re jumpin’ ship in droves…
Pennsylvania Democrat Rep. Mark Critz blasted Obama today after his Ohio economic speech.
“Obama and others in Washington need to realize that we cannot spend our way to prosperity.”

The Hill

President Obama’s big economic speech in Cleveland failed to impress one endangered House Democrat, Rep. Mark Critz (D-Pa.), who took him to task for his economic and energy policies.

“President Obama and others in Washington need to realize that we cannot spend our way to prosperity and that to in order to create jobs, we need to address unfair trade deals that ship jobs overseas and enact policies that allow us to take advantage of our vast natural resources such as coal and natural gas in a safe and responsible manner which will lower energy costs and create jobs,” said Critz in a statement in response to Obama’s speech. “Approving the Keystone XL pipeline would be a good first step.”

The statement — which was blasted out by his campaign — shows how toxic Obama is in parts of the Rust Belt, especially in a Republican-leaning district with a high level of steel and coal production in southwestern Pennsylvania. Critz has bucked Obama since he got into office — he has said he would have voted against climate change legislation and Democrats’ healthcare reforms — but this is one of his most public rebukes to date.

The Political Press Corps also gave Obama a thumbs down today following his speech.

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