10th Congressional District.
Voters Guide: Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District
Don Sherwood vs. Chris Carney.
-- Jeff Hauser
In the PA-10 congressional race, 4-term Republican incumbent Don
Sherwood is seeking re-election. Sherwood's district was favorably
redistricted by Pennsylvania Republicans following the 2000 census,
and he faced no opposition in his campaigns in 2002 and 2004.
However, Sherwood is being strongly tested this year by Democratic
challenger Chris Carney.
Carney is a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves, a Senior
Terrorism and Intelligence Advisor at the Pentagon, and a Penn State
Associate Professor of Political Science.
Although both candidates are strong supporters of Israel, they
take conflicting stances on other critical issues like
abortion--Sherwood is pro-life while Carney is pro-choice--and stem
cell research--Sherwood opposes, Carney supports.
Representative Sherwood has also come under fire lately because
of a highly publicized extramarital affair and sexual abuse scandal
involving a woman named Cynthia Ore. The saga began on September 15,
2004, when Ore dialed 911 from Sherwood's apartment and claimed that
the Congressman was "choking her." Ore denied the choking
allegation when officers arrived on the scene, but a police report
was filed and eventually released to media outlets in 2005 by a
former political opponent of Sherwood. Although Sherwood denied
claims of sexual abuse, he was forced nonetheless to publicly admit
his 5-year affair with Ore. In addition, Ore subsequently filed a
$5.5 million lawsuit against Sherwood, claiming that he had
repeatedly abused her sexually during their extended affair. The
lawsuit was settled out of court on November 8, 2005, to terms that
remain undisclosed to the public at this date. (See
Wikipedia's summary of scandal.). For more information, please
see links at the bottom of this page.
Here's some more information on how the candidates stand on
issues of importance to the Jewish community:
|Don Sherwood (R. Incumbent)
- "I fully understand the depth and importance of
the United States' relationship with Israel. I am
committed to strengthening the relationship between
these two democratic nations and working together to
- "I believe in the promise of a homeland of the
Jewish religion and culture --- a place where Jews
can live peacefully and govern themselves in
- Pro-choice: "With the advice of their
doctors and the counsel of their families and of
their faith, Chris believes Americans have the right
to make their own medical decisions."
- Pro-Life: Rep. Sherwood consistently voted
while in office to restrict the reproductive freedom
of American women.
- In fact, Rep. Sherwood has voted with the
Right to Life Committee on every key piece of
|Stem Cell Research
- Carney supports stem cell research.
- "As a cancer survivor, Chris understand the
hope that stem cell research represents to millions
of Americans and their families. He strongly
supports federal investment in stem cell research to
cure cancers and other debilitating diseases like
- Stands with President Bush in opposition to
- Rep. Sherwood voted against H.R.
810 (bill vetoed by Bush), which sought to
repeal restrictions on federal funding for stem cell
of Church and State
- There is no record of Carney's stance on this
- Voted against NJDC recommendations on every major
piece of legislation dealing with the separation of
church and state while in office.
- In addition, Rep. Sherwood received a 84%
rating from the radical Christian
Coalition in 2004, a 100%
rating in 2002, and a 93%
rating in 2000.