Rick Saccone, the Republican running for a House seat in a closely watched election in Pennsylvania, is married to a woman he met in South Korea. The Saccones are the parents of two children who are in the U.S. Air Force.
Saccone’s wife, Yong Saccone, frequently appeared at her husband’s side on the campaign trail for the 18th Congressional District seat, which Democrats are hoping their candidate, Conor Lamb, will flip. The special election was March 13, 2018, and the polls are now closed.
Saccone, 60, is a state legislator in Pennsylvania. He is also a former counter-intelligence officer for the Air Force. He is running against a 33-year-old prosecutor and Marine Corps captain whose family has long been involved in Democratic politics in Pennsylvania. Democrats are targeting the race even though President Donald Trump won the district by 20 points because the polls show that Lamb, who is perceived as a moderate, has moved in striking distance in an area that usually goes Republican.
Trump campaigned for Rick Saccone in Pennsylvania. “Rick is a great guy. We need more Republicans to continue our already successful agenda!” Trump tweeted. His son also stumped for Saccone. The race is being perceived as a bellwether for both the midterm elections and also for public perceptions of Trump.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Rick Saccone Met His Wife, Yong, in South Korea
Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone and his wife, Yong, meet with supporters at the VFW Post 4793 while campaigning on March 5, 2018 in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.
Rick Saccone’s work experience in part spans time as a counter-intelligence officer in South Korea. He met his wife there. According to his campaign website, Rick Saccone met Yong “while working in South Korea. They have been faithful to each other for 38 years. Yong is almost always at his side, as Rick rarely attends an event without her.” Photos on Facebook show that this is true; Yong Saccone is seen frequently on the campaign trail with her husband.
Like his opponent, Conor Lamb, Saccone is a veteran. Rick Saccone was a “counter-intelligence officer for the U.S. Air Force, defending against commandos and espionage from North Korea. Rick was on the counter-terror task forces for two Olympic Games: 1984 in Los Angeles and 1988 in Seoul, South Korea,” his website bio reports. Rick Saccone has served in the Pennsylvania state legislature since 2010.
According to The Independent, Saccone “served as a diplomat to North Korea from 2000 to 2001 during the administration of President George W Bush and was the only US citizen living in Pyongyang at the time.” He also served as a professor.
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