John Fetterman Promises to Be '100 Percent Sedition-Free' As He Announces Senate Run

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman announced his run for Senate on Monday, pledging to "always be 100 percent Sedition-Free" in a tongue-in-cheek jab at lawmakers accused of fanning last month's Capitol insurrection.

Fetterman, a Democrat, is eyeing Pa. Senator Pat Toomey's open seat after the Republican announced he would not seek re-election in 2022. Following the January 6 attack, Toomey was among a handful of Republicans who condemned former President Donald Trump for inciting his followers to storm the Capitol.

When asked by a Twitter user whether he will engage in "a little light sedition," Fetterman responded: "There's enough sedition-curious members already."

Fetterman's progressive platform includes legalizing marijuana, raising the minimum wage to at least $15 and a compassion-based immigration system. He also prioritized LGBTQ equality, reproductive rights and an environmental policy that accounts for racial disparities.

Fetterman, whose campaign was reported to have raised at least $1.4 million so far, stated he would not accept donations from corporate PACs.

Newsweek has contacted Fetterman's campaign team for comment.

If you send me to the US Senate, I will always be 100% Sedition-Free.

We as a nation crossed lines I never thought we would-or even could.

My pledge to you: to hold core ideals like democracy + the peaceful transfer of power sacred, always. 🇺🇸

— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) February 8, 2021

Having served as the mayor of Braddock, Pa. for over a decade, Fetterman said he never had to "evolve" on his political stances. As mayor, he officiated several same-sex weddings in 2013, defying a state ban on gay marriage.

In his campaign video, the 6-foot-8 Harvard alum embraced the unconventional no-frills character he has maintained throughout his political career. His mayoral years are commemorated with a pair of tattoos: Braddock's ZIP code on one arm, and the dates of nine homicides that took place during his tenure on the other.

After outlining his platform on Twitter, Fetterman followed up by discouraging certain voters from casting a ballot for him.

"If you're cool with Pennsylvania minting 20,000 NEW criminal records every single year for getting caught sipping some weed, I am not your dude for 2022," he said in one tweet.

The 2022 race would mark Fetterman's second bid for Senate. In 2016, Braddock's then-mayor lost the Democratic primary to Katie McGinty, who ultimately failed to unseat Toomey. Fetterman was elected as lieutenant governor in 2018, running on the same ticket as incumbent Pa. Governor Tom Wolf.

During the 2020 presidential elections, Fetterman criticized Trump's claims of voter fraud in Pennsylvania, a key state with a strong Republican presence which President Joe Biden narrowly won last year.

After his Texas counterpart Dan Patrick offered a $1 million reward to anyone who uncovered proof of irregularities in the elections, Fetterman jokingly claimed the reward by pointing to two alleged cases of voter fraud in Pa., both of which were reportedly committed by Republicans.

Thank you to the 37,000 grassroots donors who stepped up.

Now, it's my turn.

Let's get to work

— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) February 8, 2021
Lt. Gov. John Fetterman speaks with supporters
Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman (right) speaks with supporters during an open house event at the residence of Governor Tom Wolf after the inauguration ceremony on January 15, 2019 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Fetterman announced his run for Senate on Monday. Mark Makela/Getty Images