Bloomberg Gov: McCormick Thought “Last Year’s Primary Would Be Far Easier Than It Turned Out In Reality”
PENNSYLVANIA — A year ago this week, David McCormick’s failed Senate bid imploded. On June 3, 2022, after a long primary that left him labeled by Trump as a “Wall Street Republican” who “managed money for Communist China,” McCormick finally conceded. The concession followed weeks of last-ditch effort lawsuits and recounts that ultimately came up short for the hedge fund executive.
As McCormick considers another Senate bid, the same vulnerabilities that sunk his 2022 loom over his decision:
- Bloomberg Government: McCormick was led to believe last year’s primary would be far easier than it turned out in reality.
- Politico: As he decides whether to run, McCormick himself is weighing the prospect of running alongside Trump, according to two Republicans close to him.
- Bloomberg Government: Running for Senate in 2022…only for Trump to slam him as a “liberal Wall Street Republican”… Trump will be a major factor in that environment, if he’s the Republican nominee for president.
Here’s How McCormick’s 2022 Campaign Failed in the Final Stretch:
May 17, 2022: David McCormick Floundered After Brutal Primary
Despite spending over $14 million of his own money, McCormick lost the 2022 GOP primary to Dr. Oz after a brutal primary that exposed his record of selling out Pennslyvanians while raking in millions for himself. Lets recap the attacks that sunk McCormick’s campaign, and still leave him damaged today:
- McCormick’s China Problem: David McCormick made a fortune running a hedge fund that managed billions of dollars for the Chinese government. Trump attacked McCormick over his record on stage.
- MAGA Malfunction: Trump eviscerated McCormick on stage during a visit to Pennsylvania. Trump called McCormick a “Wall Street Republican” who “managed money for communist China” while mocking the hedge fund executive for how desperately he wanted Trump’s endorsement. These attacks will follow McCormick into another potential campaign.
- Faking It: Throughout the 2022 primary, McCormick was exposed for lying about his background. He was caught misleading voters about his history of job creation in Pennsylvania and lying about his upbringing. He ran ads wearing hunting gear despite never having a hunting license in his home state of Connecticut.
- Ripping off Pennsylvania Teachers & Taxpayers: While David McCormick was in charge at Bridgewater, the firm’s poor handling of the Public School Employees’ Retirement System’s (PSERS) cost Pennsylvania teachers and taxpayers millions of dollars. This was a key issue in last cycle’s damaging primary, and McCormick’s opponents weren’t shy about attacking him over it.
- Fleecing Working Families and Seniors: McCormick’s 2022 campaign made it clear he would be a reliable vote for the GOP plan to slash Medicare and Social Security while raising taxes on 35% of Pennsylvanians. He supported the Trump tax cuts, going so far as to say they should be made permanent, a move that benefits the wealthy and corporations while threatening programs like Medicare and Social Security.
May 18, 2022: Trump Urged Dr. Oz To Declare Victory Over McCormick
- In addition to campaigning heavily against McCormick, Donald Trump took to Truth Social to urge Dr. Oz to declare victory over David McCormick while votes were still being counted.
- Trump’s opposition was such a vulnerability for David McCormick in the primary that McCormick took off and ran away from reporters asking him about it.
- WATCH: David McCormick runs away from Chuck Todd when asked how he could win the primary without Trump’s support.
May 23, 2022: McCormick’s Sore Loser Suit Filed
- Fresh off his primary loss to Dr. Oz, McCormick filed suit in Pennsylvania courts in a last ditch effort to save his failed campaign. He even told Laura Ingraham “we’re gonna win this campaign.” The following week, he conceded.
- READ: McCormick takes Pa. Senate ballot fight to court
- WATCH: McCormick tells Laura Ingraham “We’re gonna win this campaign”
- After McCormick filed suit in Pennsylvania courts in a last ditch effort to save his failed campaign, the GOP’s messy, damaging, drawn out primary entered a recount. This was a last ditch effort for McCormick’s campaign – he conceded the following week.