2 More Pa. Lawmakers Endorse Smith for Senate
By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor
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.
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.”