Corbett Twists Arms; Rohrer Twists Corbett — Sam Rohrer brought his freedom movement — the phrase he feels is more comprehensive than “tea party” — to Newtown Square, tonight, Feb. 1, as he begins in earnest his campaign to be the Republican to take on incumbent Bob Casey in this fall’s U.S. Senate race.
The nominee will be decided at the April 24 primary election. The Republican establishment
has shamelessly endorsed Chester County businessman Steve Welch despite Welch having had voted for Barack Obama and given money to Democrat Congressman Joe Sestak.
Rohrer and others in the Knights of Columbus Hall on Route 252 described the apparently unprecedented pressure placed on the State Committee people by Gov. Tom Corbett and the party establishment to vote for Welch. Rohrer said he saw some of the committeepeople in tears from the intimidation which included threats of lost government jobs.
What was Corbett’s motivation? Rohrer —
who challenged Corbett in the 2010 gubernatorial primary — wouldn’t say.
“Dig it out,” he directed.
Rohrer served 18 years in the Pennsylvania House representing the 128th District before stepping down for the governor’s race. Minnesota Congresswoman and recent presidential contender Michele Bachmann has credited him with getting her involved in politics.
Rohrer said his reasons for running is to return the nation to its moorings — he mentioned the recently passed
National Defense Authorization Act which arguably gives the president the power to arrest people at will and hold them without trial — and to cushion the pain many feel is inevitable due to the policies pursued by both parties over the last two decades
“It doesn’t make sense for Congress to approve multiple increases in the debt ceiling,” he said.
Nor did it make sense for us to be dependent on others for energy.
“We have more energy under the ground than in any country in the world,” he said, and that Pennsylvania might have more energy than any other state.
Rohrer also noted our unpayable debt. “Do we even have a sound currency?” he asked.
Rohrer said Casey needed to be replaced because “we can’t trust him.”
“He said he was pro life. His votes indicate he is not,” Rohrer said.
He said that Casey, with words claims that he supports the Second Amendment but with deeds supports President Obama’s anti-Second Amendment appointees. He noted that Casey agrees with Obama that coal mines should be shut down and that drilling for natural gas should be made harder.
“You cannot have trust without telling the truth,” Rohrer said.
Rohrer estimates that in his career as a legislator he casts 120,000 votes.
“The single most important thing a person in elective office does is vote,” he said.
And he said everyone tries to buy it.
“The system has become so corrupt you could not even predict what a person would do,” he said.
He said that while in office he sat next to a Delaware County legislator, who told him ” I used to be able to go home at night, place my head on the pillow and say I did something good today. I can no longer do that.”
Rohrer said he developed a checklist for himself to protect him from that fate.
The first question he asks regarding legislation is “is it moral.” Rohrer noted that he has never voted to give funding to Planned Parenthood.
Question 2 is: Is it Constitutional?
Question 3 is: Does it strengthen individual freedom or does it strengthen government control over the individual? He noted he opposed the Real ID bill at the state level after asking this question.
Question 4 is: Is it inefficient or ineffective. He said many bills are so poorly written they can’t be understood.
The last question is: Do we have the money to pay for it?
Rohrer said that during his 18 years he never violated the principles of his checklist. He said he soon had six other legislators following it, a number which had grown to 16 when he left office. There are 203 members in the State House.
There were as of last week six other conservative candidates seeking the nomination and they would likely split the vote amongst them leaving Welch to walk away with the prize.
Rohrer was asked if conservatives should present a united front.
“I would like them to consolidate around me,” he said. He noted that he had more volunteers than any other campaign.