Harrisburg lawmakers are lining up to bolster Steve Welch’s campaign for U.S. Senate. The ranks have grown to 25 state reps and eight state senators, plus Gov. Tom Corbett and Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley.
During a conference call with politics reporters today, Mr. Cawley called the Chester County Republican a strong partner for state lawmakers who are “striving to … create lasting prosperity.”
Said Mr. Cawley: “I know what it’s like to be a candidate in a hotly contested primary. It ain’t easy. … He’s demonstrated he’s a very strong worker and I know he’s going to bring that same work ethic and tenacity” to Washington.
Also joining the call were state Republican Chairman Rob Gleason; state Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson; and state Rep. Warren Kampf, R-Chester.
They said the party wants to push Mr. Welch over the finish line as the April 24 primary approaches.
“He’s a candidate who will take pro-growth, pro-business values to Washington, D.C., which we so badly need,” Mr. Scarnati said. “And, he is the candidate who gives us the best chance to beat [Democratic incumbent] Bob Casey in the fall.”
Mr. Welch, who also participated in the call, characterized Mr. Casey as being out of touch with the business community as he supports legislative policies that burden entrepreneurs.
Mr. Welch faces four primary challengers: David Christian of Bucks, Sam Rohrer of Berks, Mark Scaringi of Dauphin and Tom Smith of Armstrong.
Mr. Casey has one challenger in the Democratic primary, Joe Vodvarka of Allegheny County.