The Pennsylvania Republican establishment, Saturday, Jan. 28, overwhelmingly endorsed a Chester County reputed Obama-supporter to take on incumbent Democrat Bob Casey in this fall’s U.S. Senate race.
Steve Welch, a businessman who has never held elected office, received 182 votes before the GOP State Committee. Coming in second was coal industry executive Tom Smith with 51 votes. Following them were Washington County businessman and erstwhile 12th District congressional candidate Tim Burns, 47 votes; former state representative and gubernatorial candidate Sam Rohrer with 33 votes; and Dauphin County attorney and former Sen. Rick Santorum staffer Marc Scaringi with 6.
Candidates Laureen Cummings, Dave Christian, John Kensinger and Robert Allen Mansfield did not submit their names for consideration.
Welch was a candidate for the GOP nomination for the 6th Congressional Seat in 2010 until Jim Gerlach decided he would run for re-election. Welch’s endorsement was strongly pushed by Gov. Tom Corbett. It is being widely reported that Welch changed registration to vote for Barack Obama in Pennsylvania’s 2008 primary election — which he is not denying — and hosted a fundraiser or something for liberal Democrat congressman Joe Sestak in 2006.
The endorsement does not mean Welch will be the nominee. That will be decided at April 24’s primary election.
Hopefully, the good guys get on the same page and keep the vote from being split. Otherwise look for a lot of people voting third party this fall. What is the point of the Republican Party anyway? Graft for us rather than Dems?
In the meantime, Sam Rohrer is holding a meet and greet 8 Wednesday morning (Feb. 1) at Parc Restaurant and Bistro 227 S. 18th St. Philadelphia, PA 19103; and a town hall 7 that night at Knights of Columbus Mater Dei Hall,
327 N. Newtown Street Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073 in Newtown Township.