Former Senior Deputy Attorney General Considers Run for PA-7 Re/PostWritten by Paul Engelkemier, Managing Editor Former Senior Deputy Attorney General Pearl Kim is considering a run to replace retiring Congressman Pat Meehan in the 7th Congressional district on the Republican ticket. “I am interested in effectuating change in Washington, and I was able to that on the Pennsylvania level and hope to do the same thing on the federal level,” Kim said. As a prosecutor, Kim sees an important role in the #MeToo movement in society.
“As a special victims prosecutor, I think the Me Too movement is very powerful. I think it does illustrate the sexual violence that is occurring both to men and to women,” Kim said.
Kim made history in Pennsylvania when she secured the first conviction under the state’s old human trafficking law. After that conviction, she worked with lawmakers to write and pass new human trafficking legislation that she got the first conviction under as well.
“I have a personal passion for human trafficking. And when we are dealing with human trafficking I think you intersect naturally with immigration, with labor, and on the far end of that spectrum you are dealing with public safety you are dealing with foreign affairs and terrorism.”
Kim does not have an exact timeline of when she plans to make a final decision, with the Congressional maps for this year’s elections unknown. She said she will wait until the final maps are drawn to make a decision and announcement.
The seat became open after it was revealed that Meehan used his office budget to settle a sexual harassment claim against him by a staffer.
Volunteer firefighter Joe Billie, Radnor Township Commissioner Richard Booker, attorney Sean Gale, attorney Jeremy H. Gonzalez Ibrahim, tax attorney Greg McCauley, former Assistant U.S. Attorney Clare Putnam Pozos, and developer Wally Smerconish have all reported to be considering runs for the seat on the Republican ticket.