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2 More Pa. Lawmakers Endorse Smith for Senate

By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor

Pa. Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon)

Coal industry veteran and former Tea Party leader Tom Smith has added two names to his list of endorsements for U.S. Senate.

The campaign announced the support of Pa. Senator Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) and Pa. Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) this afternoon.

They are Smith’s first endorsements by elected officials not representing areas on his Armstrong/Indiana County base. They join Pa. Sen. Don White and Pa. Reps. Eli Evankovich, Tim Krieger, Donna Oberlander, Jeff Pyle and Dave Reed.

Folmer and Bloom are on the conservative end of the GOP spectrum in Harrisburg. Both fall in the sphere of orbit of the Citizens Alliance for Pennsylvania, a group that opposes lawmaker perks including pensions. CAP Chairman John Kennedy and several other of its backers are supporting Smith.

Folmer won his seat by defeating Pa. Senate Majority Leader Chip Brightbill in the 2006 primary which was largely a pay raise protest; Bloom cleared a crowded GOP primary and took office this year.

It’s a crowd that is ready, willing and ably-funded to enforce conservative orthodoxy on Republican lawmakers via television and radio ads.

From the Smith press release:

“Tom Smith is principled, honorable and will bring common sense to Washington, D.C. where it is badly needed,” said Senator Folmer.

“I enthusiastically support Tom Smith’s candidacy for United States Senate,” Said Rep. Bloom.  “Tom is a principled conservative and is the best candidate to defeat Senator Bob Casey in November.”

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of these Republican leaders,” said Smith. “Senator Folmer and Representative Bloom are strong voices for fiscal restraint, lower taxes and common sense government in Harrisburg, I look forward to working with them in the United States Senate.”

3 Responses

  1. The riacng last night, highlights here, was some of the best riacng right down to the wire in years. The track was perfect and the competitors were just as good. If you left the track before the sportsmen race you really should buy the video from Gary and watch the best sportsmen race in years. All divisions were great and I would like to thank the track and drivers as well as all the teams for the great show.

  2. Until a few weeks ago Tom Smith was a democrat. Although he donated to RINO Republicans he also donated to slick democrat Jason Altmire who votes 90% of the time with Pelosi. And Altmire voted for the stimulus which included money for planned parenthood and “Fast and furious” which is responsible for the death of our border guard. And while Altmire voted against Obamacare he would not vote to repeal it. But I don’t think Smith has yet donated to the conservative republican running against Altmire. He also donated to a coal pac which is a lobby group. Wonder if he will stand up against lobbyists in DC. No military experience or foreign policy experience. He can’t be trusted.

    Sadly Mike Folmer doesn’t know his real history.

    Oh, and one more thing, he hides his connection to the Tea Party from his campaign literature.

  3. ““Tom Smith is principled, honorable and will bring common sense to Washington, D.C.” ?????

    Then how could be in the Tea Party, which has the opposite goals?

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