WARREN, Pa. – The Fern Hollow Bridge collapse in Pittsburgh last month struck close to home for Pennsylvania Lt. Gov., and U.S. Senate candidate, John Fetterman in more ways than one.
Not only was Fetterman the four-term mayor of Braddock, just outside Pittsburgh, but, as he told those in attendance during a campaign stop in Warren on Feb. 12, he had driven over that bridge the day before it collapsed.
“I drove over that bridge the night before with our son,” Fetterman said. “I got to hang with the President of the United States at that bridge.”
Those are the reasons, he said, that he supported the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that was passed in November 2021.
“I don’t praise the infrastructure bill as a lieutenant governor,” Fetterman said. “I praise the infrastructure bill as a dude that drives his kids over bridges in a car.”
One of Fetterman’s primary campaign slogans is “Democrats should vote like Democrats.” He expanded on that slogan during his speech Saturday.
“Does anyone in this room hold up Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) as your kind of democrat?” And I mean no disrespect,” Fetterman said, referring to the West Virginia Senator who has very publicly opposed President Biden’s Build Back Better Act, a $1.75 trillion investment in social programs and climate policy.
“In every room I’ve been in, and I’ve been in rooms all across the state and I haven’t encountered one democrat that said that’s the kind of Senator I want you to be, John,” Fetterman added. “I want you to hold up the agenda, to not lean in on these core, transformative bills and legislation and things we need to get done. And I won’t be, I promise you that.”
Not only that, but Fetterman would also like to see more jobs and services stay in the United States, and he made that succinctly clear.
“I believe we should make more things in the United States,” he said. “They’re trying to close the steel mill in my town. They’re trying to close other jobs and ship them overseas. One of the people running on the Republican side did just that. I just believe we need to make shit in this country, apologize for my profanity, but I do and I’ll continue to say it.”
Fetterman went on to tell the story about how an attendee at his event in McKean County gifted him a Zippo lighter, adorned with a marijuana leaf in honor of Fetterman’s support of legalizing recreational marijuana use.
“It was really nice to say that it was built right here, 30 miles away,” he said. “We still need to make things in this country.”