Area Veteran Announces Run for Congress

LACKAWANNA COUNTY, Pa. -- An area veteran is tossing his hat into the political ring, announcing he is running for Congress.

Staff Sgt. Earl Granville posted a video on his website Thursday morning explaining why he is running as a Republican for Congress in the 8th District against incumbent Democrat Matt Cartwright.

The 8th Congressional District covers much of northeastern Pennsylvania.

Granville joined the Pennsylvania National Guard in 2001 and went on to serve tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He was severely injured in an attack in Afghanistan and lost his leg.

Granville has since become a nationally recognized advocate for wounded veterans and PTSD.

He says his community back home has always supported him, and now he wants to give back.

"My experience as a veteran really helped me learn how to live my life on a positive note from the things that happened, and I would like to give that to the people and show them the way as well," said Granville.

Granville is running on an America-first campaign. He says one of the biggest things he wants to change is the nationwide political and cultural division.

"I am sick and tired of D.C. just fighting, fighting, fighting because I truly believe that fighting is what's dividing us our nation, our culture, more and more."

Two other Republicans are vying for the chance to go up against incumbent Democrat Matt Cartwright.

Luzerne County Councilman Harry Haas threw his hat in the ring back in October, as well as combat veteran and retired police officer Teddy Daniels.

"What am I hoping for in this campaign is a frank debate on what I consider priorities for our area and for the nation," Cartwright said over the phone. He listed healthcare, lowering the cost of prescription medicine, and better-paying jobs as some of those priorities.

Congressman Matt Cartwright is running for a fifth term. Nationally, Republicans have targeted his district as one that could flip in the 2020 election.

Back at home, there are political ads running on TV, putting the pressure on Cartwright to vote no on impeaching President Trump.

"I intend to do what I think is right, and I'm not going to let politics enter into it," Cartwright said.

The congressman has not said how he plans to vote.

Granville made his opinion on the matter clear.

"I feel like it's been a lot of wasted time for now, and I wish people in D.C would just get up and do their job and start representing the people because that's what we're doing."

The two articles of impeachment are expected to be brought to the full House of Representatives next week for a vote.

As for the Congressional race, the primary election is April 28, 2020, and the general election is November 3, 2020.

20 comments

  • Trucker

    No website or twitter feed listed on ballotpedia, a story is one thing but where he stands on the issues need to be stated as well.

  • John Graber

    Carwright votes with Shifty Schiff, Nancy Pelosi and Nadler. How in Gods name could Sgt Granville be worse? Without question I’m voting for Sgt Granville.

      • yabbadabbadude

        I just did. I’m an Indie (but vote Republican) so I’m not involved in the primaries. Daniels looks pretty good too. Looks like I was wrong about you. Sorry about that.

      • Trucker

        Looks like Teddy Daniels has my vote in the primary. Having talk radio interviews you can listen to is a big plus, and his twitter feed is not full of the beltway talking points.

  • Fred Cron

    We need more Hero’s like Earl Granville to run for Congress. This Veteran will represent us with truth and dignity. He will not be a party hack like Matt Cartwright who does not care about us, but only his parties power and his own support for Nancy Pelosi.

      • narcissist73

        People talk, good sources, and putting pieces together. There are better candidates out there that are way more qualified. Especially after reading “why he is running”. Doesn’t sound very educated to me based on his grammer and questionable wording. I guess all you need is a sob story and you’ll get votes.

      • yabbadabbadude

        That still sounds like your opinion to me. So now, it’s his grammar and you’re bringing up the fact he’s an amputee Veteran too? You sound like a typical democrat to me…rotten to the core.

      • narcissist73

        😂😂😂 don’t worry there are people out there that know the type of person he really is. I don’t need to justify myself to you. I’m just informing people to do some research about his character. Look at Teddy Daniels for instance. Well put together page, competent basic level grammer skills, way more educated and with a better resume. Whoever is in charge of this guy’s page should take notes

      • yabbadabbadude

        No, you don’t have to justify yourself to me or anyone else but you should sound credible about the charges you’re making against Granville. How do you ‘research someone’s character’ online? Go to one of those info sites and shell out 20 bucks to see if he has a rap sheet? Judge a candidate by who has the better website? Neither one has a college degree but Granville is attending Scranton U. now. Daniels is a Vet too, a former LEO, and ran a security firm for pot companies (oh, boy) in Colorado, but doesn’t seem to have a valid Pa. address right now and that’s what did Chrin in. What I’m seeing from you is subjective but at least you’re not a democrat. (Like I said, I can’t vote in primaries and it seems that’s where it’ll be sorted out.)

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