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GOP candidate for Congress in Lehigh Valley drops out of race, endorses Maria Montero

Allen Issa is joining the crowded lineup of GOP challengers to Congresswoman Susan Wild next year.
Allen Issa is joining the crowded lineup of GOP challengers to Congresswoman Susan Wild next year.
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Allen Issa, a Republican candidate for the Lehigh Valley’s 7th congressional district, has dropped out of the race and endorsed candidate Maria Montero.

According to a release from Montero’s campaign, Issa suspended his campaign in order to finish his studies at Penn State law, and will join Montero’s campaign as a policy advisor.

Issa is a former aide to Congressman Darrell Issa — no relation — and a California native, but has family roots in the Lehigh Valley. His father immigrated from Syria to Allentown and worked for Bethlehem Steel before relocating to the West Coast.

According to campaign finance reports, he raised $23,080 for his campaign, less than half of that of his three Republican opponents looking to challenge incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Susan Wild in November.

Issa met with all three candidates and chose to endorse Montero over Lehigh County state Rep. Ryan Mackenzie and veteran and small business owner Kevin Dellicker.

“It is clear to me that Maria Montero is the best equipped candidate not only to defeat Susan Wild, but also to serve the people of the district in Congress,” Issa said in a statement.

In a statement, Mackenzie’s campaign manager Andres Weller said Mackenzie and Issa did meet, and that Issa “raised the issue of potential employment,” which the campaign did not offer.

Montero is an attorney and member of former Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration. She announced her run in August and said in an interview that addressing crime, dangerous drug use and inflation are some of her top priorities as a candidate.

“Allen is intelligent, hard-working and ran a strong grassroots campaign. I look forward to having his support as we continue our outreach to Republican voters leading up to the April primary election,” Montero said in a statement.

The Pennsylvania primary will take place April 23, and the general election will be Nov. 5, 2024.

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