- Screenshot from campaign website
In a press release announcing his campaign, Scott Timko, Air Force veteran and small business owner, said, “[Lamb’s] priorities are all wrong for western Pennsylvania working families who want solutions from Washington. The people of western Pennsylvania deserve a lion in Congress to fight for them, not a Lamb.”
Timko, a North Hills resident, is challenging Lamb for the suburban Pittsburgh seat (Pennsylvania U.S. House District 17) that includes Beaver County, the northern and western Allegheny County suburbs, and Mount Lebanon.
The campaign website shows that Timko supports — among other things — longer prison sentences for drug dealers, defunding so-called “sanctuary cities,” strong immigration enforcement and Second Amendment rights. But his presence on Twitter, where he’s been posting regularly for more than four months, shows even more of his platform.
Here’s what City Paper found:
Timko is against equal rights for transgender Americans.
On the “Issues” page of his website, Timko lists “Keeping Men Out of Women's Athletics and Their Bathrooms” among his priorities. Unsurprisingly, that transmisogynistic rhetoric carries over to Twitter, where he shared a satirical article from the Babylon Bee about basketball star LeBron James joining the WNBA. In another post, he asked if he could “identify” as a different age, a joke he apparently thought was so good that he tagged conservative commentator Ben Shapiro in the Tweet.
In Allegheny County, trans residents are protected under the county’s non-discrimination act which prohibits housing, employment, and public accommodation discrimination based on gender identity.
Even though my biology seems to indicate I’m a 54 year old male, If I identify as a 12 year old female, can I participate in youth soccer?— Scott Timko (@ScottTimkoPA) July 30, 2019
Getting old sucks. I think I’m going to transition to the teens. I’m young at heart after all. @benshapiro@Steigerworld#transage https://t.co/0peIdwsDop
He claimed Lamb believes in “open borders.”
Earlier this summer, the anti-immigrant group Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR) attacked Lamb on Twitter, asking, “Why did @RepConorLamb vote to give amnesty to MILLIONS of illegal aliens at the height of a massive border crisis?”
Though it didn’t offer context, the tweet referred to Lamb’s vote for the Dream Act, which would give DACA recipients a path to citizenship — a vote Timko suggested, without evidence, was motivated by Lamb’s belief in “open borders without restriction.” Timko also shared the tweet from FAIR, which has been deemed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
According to a June 2018 Gallup poll, 83 percent of Americans support providing a path to citizenship to DACA-recipients, including 75 percent of Republicans.
It’s multiple choice:— Scott Timko (@ScottTimkoPA) July 21, 2019
A: he believes in open borders without restriction
B: he and the Dems want those potential votes
C: he was just following orders
D: all of the above
I choose D. #unitethefight https://t.co/oKgB4YTooo
The earth is not flat.
Timko, an ex-Air Force pilot, shared a photo from a plane cockpit on Easter Sunday, wishing his followers a happy Easter and reminding them that the #earthisnotflat. Duh!
He opposes a higher minimum wage on the grounds that it hurts small business.Last month, Timko wrote, “Mandating a wage doesn’t magically give me more income to dispense.” And while some small business owners can struggle to keep profits at the same level when the minimum wage is hiked, their employees struggle too when the minimum wage is kept stagnant despite an increasingly high cost of living. Cities like Seattle have passed $15 minimum wage bills with minimal to no consequences to the restaurant industry and other low-wage industries.
As a small business owner I pay the most I can afford. I let supply and demand dictate the needs of my business. Mandating a wage doesn’t magically give me more income to dispense. This is why socialism fails. It thinks there is always more money available. #capitalism— Scott Timko (@ScottTimkoPA) July 22, 2019