PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Tom Smith spent the day after his successful victory back at his 400-acre farm outside Ellerton, Armstrong County, with family and young grandson Logan, who sported a T-shirt with the hope that “pappy” would be Pennsylvania’s next senator.
The self-made multi-millionaire easily defeated Governor Tom Corbett’s candidate, Steve Welch, and three others to win the right to take on incumbent Democratic senator Bob Casey.
Smith says Republicans will be united this fall.
“I got a call from the governor, I got a call from the lieutenant governor,” Smith said. “No, I don’t think there will be any healing process (needed). We’ll be together.”
Smith, who pumped $4 million of his own money into the primary, is expected to do the same against Casey.
“Senator Bob Casey has a voting record now, and it’s a voting record I would hate to defend,” Smith said. “I mean, he voted with (President Barack) Obama 98 percent of the time. He voted for many things that we don’t agree, or I don’t agree: ObamaCare, Cash For Clunkers, Dodd Frank, stimulus. The list goes on and on.”
Smith also says Casey shows no leadership in the Senate.
“I haven’t seen any proposals from Senator Casey on how to fix these problems,” he said. “It’s just, ‘well, whatever the majority of the Democratic Party wants, that’s what I’m for.’”
Not well known yet, Smith plans to contrast him humble beginnings with the famous Casey name.