For more than 20 years, Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle has represented the Pittsburgh area in Congress. So, when he abruptly announced in October that he plans to retire after his current term, progressive Pennsylvania state Rep. Summer Lee wasted no time declaring her intention to replace him.
Lee told The Daily Beast she’d been exploring a run against Doyle prior to the congressman’s retirement announcement, believing her more progressive chops better represent her solidly blue district. She spoke to constituents about their appetite for change—and with Doyle directly as “a measure of respect” about “his intentions with the seat” prior to his announcement.
Doyle didn’t hint he was going anywhere. But that didn’t stop Lee from continuing to explore her options—and within a day of Doyle’s announcement, her campaign was ready to go.