Flood has been endorsed by incumbent Hahn and State Senator Mario Scavello, whose district included the 138th. Nazareth Blue Eagle Wrestling has backed Tarsi on its website, creating the false impression that he has the support of the school district.
Both candidates are conservative, but Tarsi has attempted to depict himself as the true conservative. Flood has countered with this "Facts Matter" mailer:
On his Facebook page, Tarsi prominently displays a picture of himself, shaking hands with Senator Mario Scavello, and adds: "I'd like to thank Senator Mario Scavello for his strong support and financial backing. Thank you Senator!" I'm sure Scavello would support any Republican running for office, but he has endorsed Flood.
While both Tarsi and Flood are conservatives, Tarsi seems to be a nationalist as well. Just a few days ago, he said this: "From the UN, to the IMF, to the IPCC, to the WHO; all these 'world' organizations rely heavily on United States financial backing but support a globalist worldview based on socialist/communist principles. Anyone that’s studied them closely can only come away with one conclusion, they are anti-American, and anti-Israeli. Their ultimate goal is to see the US economy collapse to quickly move to a global world economy where 'we the people' no longer are citizens of a sovereign nation."
Flood is also the founder and CEO of the Lauren’s Hope Foundation, whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for brain injured children and their families. This foundation has helped children receive life-saving care at The Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. So she gets the notion of service.
Tarsi, on the other hand, seems a bit more opportunistic. He explains this himself in his "Why I am running video": "I'm going to be 60 this summer. I've long thought about running for state representative. Our incumbent is retiring, so I looked at where I was in my career. ... I felt like this was the right time. If things work out and we do well in the election, then I would retire as of next January. If things don't work out, I'll continue to work as a principal because I really enjoy what I do."
Voters should let Tarsi continue enjoying what he currently does.