GOP congressman calls Trump's 'Horseface' insult 'unbecoming of any man, let alone the POTUS'

June 24, 2018

"A large crowd of people turned out Sunday evening on the steps of the historical Chester County Courthouse to hold a protest vigil against the Trump administration’s immigration policies and in support local immigrant communities". Daily Local News

June 24, 2018

Hundreds gather at Historic Chester County Courthouse in West Chester to protest the separation of families.

May 21, 2018

At the urging of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, U.S. Representative Ryan Costello of Chester County has agreed to unblock constituents from his official Facebook page, the civil liberties group announced in a statement today.

April 3, 2018

6th District: Republican Ryan Costello represents portions of Philadelphia, Montgomery and Berks counties. 

How would you respond if the Trump administration fires Robert Mueller?

"At this moment in time, knowing what I know, if Mueller were fired, I would take issue with that. I think he should be allowed to proceed with the investigation as he has been charged to do by the department of justice."

Would you take any specific actions and, if so, what would they be?

"It's difficult to say what actions I would propose taking if he were to be fired, because number one, it's a hypothetical, and number two, I don't know what basis would be alleged to have him fired. Without knowing those two elements, it's difficult to provide any more clarity. But I think he should be allowed to continue with his investigation."

Should the president be able to fire Mueller?

"My view is that whatever is customarily or constitutionally prescribed should remain...If we make changes to the independent counsel, it should be done at the conclusion of this investigation, not in connection with this investigation. I think that would only further politicize or poison an already very controversial situation."

Petition-signers in Wyomissing back Costello But protesters outside the event voice their discontent with the congressman.

March 16,2018

Meanwhile outside the restaurant, a group of about a dozen protesters from Indivisible Berks held a mock retirement party for Costello.

Rumors have been swirling that Costello is considering not running for a third term.

Jane Palmer, Wyomissing, one of the organizers of Indivisible Berks, said she would like to see a representative who represents all constituents, including vulnerable people, such as the so-called Dreamers seeking citizenship.

Palmer said Costello calls himself a moderate politician, but she said local constituents have been locked out of his office and not given a platform to issue grievances.

"Why do you not listen to us?" Palmer said. "Why do you not see us? Why are you afraid of us? We are not threatening you. I'm truly baffled by that."

February 25, 2018

Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) on Sunday called for tougher rules on background checks and bump stocks, and appeared to signal support for a ban on assault rifles, in the wake of the deadly shooting in Parkland, Fla.

"The Toomey-Manchin bill should pass. That should be done. Bump stocks should be done We need to do the 'Fix NICS' bill," Costello, who represents a swing district in suburban Philadelphia, told MSNBC's Kasie Hunt. 

February 15, 2018

December 18, 2017

In a show of solidarity, all seven members of borough council and the mayor-elect have urged Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6, to vote against the proposed tax bill.

December 7, 2017

Fifteen demonstrators urged U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6, to vote against a proposed GOP tax overhaul bill during a Thursday sit-in protest at his local office.

October 20, 2017

More than two dozen protesters rallied outside Rep. Ryan Costello’s office at the historic courthouse Friday to protest a prescription drug bill the congressman co-sponsored that has come under withering criticism for hampering the war against opioid abuse.

October 18, 2017

Another local lawmaker, Chester County Rep. Ryan Costello (R., Pa.), co-sponsored a version of the bill.  Last April, his website touted his participation in a bipartisan task force to combat the opioid epidemic, and his most recent press release, sent last week, included his testimony that a major issue in his district was the cost of treatment for heroin addiction.

Costello noted in a statement that the legislation passed the House and Senate unanimously and was signed into law by Obama, with no opposition from the DEA. He said the legislation was intended to clarify the agency’s enforcement standards and help patients get their medicine. “If the purpose of the law is now not being realized, then we need to fix it,” Costello said. “I am in the process of investigating and evaluating this as we speak.”

West Chester Food Cupboard and SNAP supported by Costello

“The West Chester Food Cupboard is an important resource for the community, and I am pleased to celebrate its reopening,” said U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6, of West Goshen. “The Food Cupboard is one of several of the food bank supply chains in the region that help provide to those in need. In Congress, I’m focusing my efforts on this issue on making sure the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is reauthorized.”

ABC News 27, August 18, 2017


The Mercury News, August 8, 2017

Reading Eagle, July 25, 2017

Recently U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello retroactively expressed fear that organizers of a February town hall-style meeting were creating a potential trap so people would be able to shoot at him, stating that this was the reason he did not attend, the Daily Local News of West Chester reported.

Shootings of elected leaders, such as Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana in June and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona six years ago, are tragic and reprehensible.

It is understandable that Costello and other public figures could fear similar events. However, when actual fear keeps them from meeting with constituents, it is interfering with their jobs.
If, instead, they use fear as an excuse to avoid face-to-face discussions with constituents, they are lying about the reason they are not doing their jobs. In either case, the result is the same.

If Costello's fear is genuine, I respectfully call for his resignation, as he is not adequately representing the 6th Congressional District. On the other hand, if the congressman is simply avoiding his constituents, let us remind him with our votes and our voices that we are his employers.

C. Ohnsman

July 19, 2017, Reading Eagle

Concerned Constituent Action Group Thanks Congressman Costello for his Stance on the Paris Climate Accord

June 2, 2017

See Rep. Costello's Press Release here

Mike McGann, Editor, The Times of Chester County; April 22, 2017

Chesco Times Editorial, Mike McGann, April 8, 2017

CNN, April 8, 2017

Representing a district that went to Clinton in the 2016 election, Costello feels the heat from an active constituent community.

Washington Post, April 8, 2017

Daiily Local News, April 8, 2017

Rep. Ryan Costello turns on his constituents as partisan politics raises its ugly head.

"With the repeal of the Affordable Care Act on the backburner for now at least, progressives in Chester County are turning their attention toward President Trump's alleged ties with Russia.

A rally will take place in front of the offices of U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello (R PA-6) on March 31, organizers said, to urge the local Congressman to back a select committee to lead the investigation into Russia.

It's the 12th consecutive week that the Concerned Citizens Action Group for District 6 will mobilize in front of Rep. Costello's West Chester office". The Patch, Justin Heinze

Will Suburban Activism Pave the Democratic Path to the House?

"Swanson’s story has its counterparts all across the nation—most importantly, in districts like hers that could swing Democratic in 2018. In the Republican Representative Ryan Costello’s suburban Philadelphia district—which, like Comstock’s, was carried by Clinton—Claire Witzleben, a stay-at-home parent with a master’s degree in health-care administration, has been organizing weekly protests since mid-January outside Costello’s district office in West Chester. One week the protest topic is Trump’s alleged connections to Russia, the next it’s the president’s deportation plans or the ACA repeal. Before the election, Witzleben admits, she didn’t know the name of her representative or even what district she lived in. Trump’s victory, she says, quickly woke her up. Now, Witzleben and Tammy Harkness, an engineer, are the lead organizers for one of the area’s local Indivisible affiliates, dubbed the Concerned Constituents Action Group, which organized a town hall meeting for Costello on the last Saturday of Congress’s President’s Day recess. For both women, this was their first time engaging in political organizing.


Costello’s Sixth District, as Democrats describe it, “looms like a dragon descending on Philadelphia from the west,” carving jaggedly through the towns of suburban Chester, Berks, Montgomery, and Lebanon counties. It’s a mostly white district that mashes up very wealthy suburbs with more rural pockets—and one that Republicans have held, despite consistent targeting by Democrats, since redistricting in 2000. Costello, a second-term member, wiped the floor with his Democratic challenger in 2016, winning by 14 points. However, Romney-voting Republicans ditched Trump en masse, giving Clinton a narrow victory in the district of just over one-half of one percentage point. If that didn’t put Costello on notice, he’s now feeling the heat from organized constituents as well".

The Mercury, March 27, 2017

"The U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee approved a draft of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Ryan Costello, who represents Pennsylvania’s 6th district, said “I voted in favor of reporting the AHCA out of the Energy and Commerce Committee because I believe it is the appropriate framework through which to rein in healthcare costs and improve our healthcare system.” Oddly, the AHCA does not appear to achieve these objectives. It does, however, provide corporate welfare and a return on investment for wealthy Republican campaign donors".

Carolyn Frith

Lebanon Daily News, March 28, 2017

"Three local action groups announced Thursday that they’ve joined forces to organize a town hall meeting to which Congressmen Charlie Dent (PA-15) and Ryan Costello (PA-6) are being asked to attend on Sunday, April 23 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Progressive Social Network of Lebanon, What NOW (Mt. Gretna) and Hershey Indivisible will deliver a formal invitation to the congressmen beginning with Dent Tuesday, March 28 at 3:30 p.m. Constituents are being invited to join members of each organization at Allen Theater Tuesday and walk to Dent’s Annville office at 342 W. Main St".

-Lebanon Daily News

Delco Times, March 24, 2017

Reading Eagle, March 24, 2017

Pottstown Mercury, March 17, 2017

Phoenixville school board denies fee waiver request.

March 10, 2017

Channel 69 interviewed District 6 constituents as they visited Rep. Ryan Costello's Wyomissing office.

Daily Local News, March 10, 2017

Neither snow nor bitter cold kept our dedicated constituents from protesting against Rep. Ryan Costello's continued support of kicking thousands of District 6 residents off of their healthcare plan.

The Guardian, March 7, 2017

The Guardian reports on constituent dodging congressmen from the Philadelphia area.

Pottstown Mercury, March 3, 2017

Concerned Constituent Action Group has refuted claims by Rep. Ryan Costello's office that they were never notified of a planned Town Hall, held on February 25.

Daily Local News, February 24, 2017

Congressman Costello invited demonstrators to attend an impromptu Town Hall. See the story here.

Lebanon Daily News, February 24, 2017

Representative Ryan Costello chooses to listen to several questions over the phone rather than attend an in-person Town Hall and face his constituents directly. 

Pottstown Mercury, February 23, 2017

Rep. Ryan Costello refuses to engage with constituents in planned Town Hall.

February 3, 2017

Channel 6 Action News was on the scene during our Calling on Costello Demonstration on Friday, February 3, 2017

January 27, 2017 Demonstration

January 27, 2017

Over 30 constituents of the Pennsylvania 6th Congressional District participated in a demonstration on Friday, January 27 at Representative Ryan Costello's West Chester office at 21 West Market Street, West Chester, PA.

Rep Ryan Costello Demonstration on February 1, 2017

January 21, 2017

Several groups representing concerned citizens of PA District 6 gathered to demonstrate at Rep. Ryan Costello's office.

Community Office Hours Demonstration

February 2, 2017

25 Concerned Constituent Action Group members visited Rep Ryan Costello's Pottstown Library Community Hours on Thursday, February 2. Members demonstrated outside, then discussed their concerns with Costello office staff.

Daily Local News, January 27, 2017

Over 30 constituents of the Pennsylvania 6th Congressional District participated in a demonstration on Friday, January 27 at Representative Ryan Costello's West Chester office at 21 West Market Street, West Chester, PA. Read the Daily Local News article here.

Our focus this week was demonstrating against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. While Representative Costello was not in the office, we were invited to share our concerns with his staff.

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