Democrat Candidate Apologizes for Pro-Trump Facebook Posts, Says She Was 'Under a Lot of Stress' and 'Had Huge Medical Bills'

A Democrat candidate chosen by her party to run for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has apologized for social media posts in which she appeared to show support for President Donald Trump and opposition to Hillary Clinton.

The Allegheny County Democratic Party has endorsed Heather Kass of Carrick, Pittsburgh, for an open State House seat for the 36th district after coming out well in front of the other contender, Jessica Benham.

But Benham pointed to now-deleted posts Kass made on Facebook in December 2015, in which she criticized former president Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, and backed Trump.

Last month, CP reported on state House candidate Heather Kass, a South Pittsburgh resident who had past social media post praising Trump and decrying Obamacare.

Today, the Allegheny County Democratic Committee endorsed Kass over a progressive challenger.

— Pittsburgh City Paper (@PGHCityPaper) February 17, 2020

The Pittsburgh City Paper, reported last month that Kass had written on Facebook in capital letters that she hated Obamacare, complained about how much her health premium payments were, saying: "THESE LAZY NO GOOD IDIOTS SUCKING THE SYSTEM DRY AND I STILL HAVE TO PAY FOR THEM."

At the end of the post, she wrote "GO TRUMP!!!!!!!!!!!!" with 12 exclamation points.

The post was made on the private account Heather Ann SK, which also shared the image of a flyer announcing her bid to run for state representative, the paper reported.

The Pittsburgh City Paper added that her account had shared a post in 2014 from the right-wing group Freedom Works calling on people to share if they did not want Hillary Clinton to become president in 2016.

However Pittsburgh City Councilor Bruce Kraus told the paper in January that her criticism of Obamacare, a plank of the Democrats' policy, "troubled me."

Benham told KDKA: "I thought it was interesting that someone running as a Democrat supported Trump," adding, "voters in the district get to decide between myself, who is running as a progressive champion, and a Trump supporter."

Kass admitted that she made the posts. She told KDKA they there were a mistake and she did not support Trump in 2016—and never would.

"I did not support anybody...At the time, I was going through a lot of issues with health.

"And whenever I made the post—not only about that but about other things—I was under a lot of stress, had huge medical bills that had come in, and I was aggravated," she said.

"I apologize for everything that happened five years ago. What I said was wrong. I have learned from that. I don't want to be chained to my past," Kass added, saying that she is a moderate Democrat while Benham was more liberal.

Democrats will name a replacement for retiring Pennsylvania representative Harry Readshaw on April 28.

Newsweek has contacted the Allegheny County Democratic Party for comment.

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Ex-U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Community College of Allegheny County on April 16, 2014 in Oakdale, Pennsylvania. The county's Democrat party has nominated for a state seat, Heather Kass, who has been criticized for denouncing Obamacare in an old Facebook post. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images