By Amy Wadas

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pennsylvania State Representative Rick Saccone serves the 39th district which represents parts of southern Allegheny and northern Washington counties. He said he is ready to hit the ground running on Monday and start campaigning for the special election in March.

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“I want to get in the seat as fast as possible and start serving people here,” said Saccone.

Rick Saccone is hoping to take over former Congressman Tim Murphy’s seat in the 18th Congressional district.

“I spoke to him today. He reached out to me. It was very nice,” Saccone said. “We wish him the best. My wife and I pray for him. We have been praying for him since all that happened. I wish him no ill will.”

Saccone said there’s a lot that he hopes to accomplish if he gets to D.C. For example, lowering taxes, reducing government spending and repealing and replacing Obamacare. He wants to do all of that while supporting President Trump.

“It’s the people’s agenda and want to go down and help the president. He’s getting beat up a lot. Getting a lot of resistance and needs help,” said Saccone.

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Saccone also wants to help the president tackle North Korea. He said he has the background from his time in the air force.

“I spent a year in North Korea. I was the only American living in North Korea at time. I understand how North Korean’s work. I wrote two books about it when I came back,” said Saccone.

Saccone also has two adult sons that are in the air force. One is a major and is currently in Korea right now. He also has two grandchildren he and his wife adore. However, when it comes to winning the republican nomination…

“I just gave all praise and glory to God. I made a covenant to the Lord wouldn’t forget and he would help set up victory for me.”

Democrats will make their pick for their nominee next weekend but have already released a statement about the republicans pick for Saccone stating:

“Desperate to get to D.C. and implement draconian policies on behalf of President Trump, like giving tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans at the expense of teachers and first responders, Saccone now wants to run for Congress. Pennsylvanians deserve representatives who will embody their values and will fight for them in washington.”

The democrats are selecting from seven nominees:

  • Reuben Brock
  • Gina Cerilli
  • Mike Crossey
  • Pam Iovino
  • Conor Lamb
  • Keith Seewald
  • Bob Solomon
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