National Journal/Cook Political Report redistricting guru David Wasserman has named Mark Critz -- whose PA12 district may be combined with Jason Altmire's PA4, as we've noted many times -- one of the top 10 most endangered Democrats next year:
The Pennsylvania Democrat embarrassed Republicans nationally by handily winning a May 2010 special election, but the GOP may get the last laugh. Western Pennsylvania has borne the brunt of the state's population loss, and Republicans could easily combine Critz into a district with Democratic Rep. Jason Altmire by stretching from Critz's home in Johnstown to Altmire's home north of Pittsburgh. Most of Critz's current territory could end up in the heavily conservative districts of GOP Reps. Bill Shuster and Tim Murphy.
Says National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Tory Mazzola: “Rep. Critz has failed to deliver on his campaign promises of fighting for fiscal discipline and turning around the economy. With a record as a partisan, tax-and-spend liberal it’s clear that he’s out of touch with Western Pennsylvania values.”