PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Former Berks County State Representative Sam Rohrer is back on the campaign trail – this time for U.S. Senate.
Two years ago, Rohrer ran for Governor as the conservative Tea Party Republican, and he surprised many by winning over 30 percent of the Republican vote against then Attorney General Tom Corbett.
“One thing I learned is that this state is filled with tens of thousands. We got over 300,000 votes in that last go round,” Rohrer said. “The number of people that took hope by the fact that I had run – took hope in the belief that there is a politician that you can trust, that they can trust.”
Rohrer says incumbent U.S. Senator Bob Casey, a Democrat, has been a disappointment.
“He said that he was pro-life like his father, but his votes have indicated clearly, by many votes, to support Obamacare, which has embedded abortion funding within it, or embryonic stem cell research. He indicated he is not a defender of life.”
But to take on Casey, Rohrer must first defeat other Republicans on the ballot, including party-endorsed and Corbett-endorsed Steve Welch from Chester County and Armstrong Coal Company owner Tom Smith, both of whom are self-made millionaires.
“Money is not going to be the final determining factor in this election. In most elections it’s the message that will prevail,” Rohrer said.
And Rohrer says he is the best Republican to take on Casey.
“I believe the ideology and principles upon which I stand are pervasive across this commonwealth, and I do believe that in many sectors where Bob Casey won and got votes last time I know those votes are not there this time.”
Rohrer says other big differences between him and his two principal opponents are he is the only one with legislative experience, and both Welch and Smith were once Democrats as recently as just a few years ago.
Besides these candidates, three other Republicans are seeking the nomination – David Christian, John Kensinger and Marc Scaringi.
Republicans will make their choice on April 24, in just under nine weeks.