One statewide elected Republican has weighed into Pennsylvania’s 2022 GOP U.S. Senate primary with an endorsement.
On Monday morning, Pennsylvania Treasurer Stacy Garrity endorsed Jeff Bartos for U.S. Senate.
Garrity lauded Bartos, a Montgomery County real estate developer who was the GOP Lt. Governor nominee in 2018, for his recent work with the Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund, a nonprofit that he co-founded to aid small businesses and their employees in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and described the GOP Senate hopeful as an “outsider.”
“Jeff Bartos is an outsider, not a career politician, and he has a deep understanding of the needs of Pennsylvania’s working families,” said Garrity. “Over the past 12 months, Jeff stepped up and helped over 1,000 small business owners across Pennsylvania keep the lights on and save thousands of jobs for working families in the midst of the Wolf administration’s burdensome COVID restrictions. The non-profit Jeff co-founded, the PA 30 Day Fund, raised and distributed more than $3 million to small businesses in all 67 counties.”
“Jeff is a born leader whose business success indicates to me that he is our best chance to break the gridlock in Washington and restart a Congress mired in partisanship,” Garrity continued. “Jeff has made it clear that commonsense, conservative values remain the bedrock of economic progress, especially in the wake of the COVID pandemic. I look forward to the day we can call him Senator Bartos.”
In 2017, Bartos initially announced a bid for Pennsylvania’s 2018 U.S. Senate race, but ended his campaign to join state Sen. Scott Wagner’s campaign as his lieutenant governor candidate.
Bartos received just under 47% of the vote in the four candidate 2018 GOP primary to secure the nomination for Lt. Governor. Gov. Tom Wolf and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman bested Wagner and Bartos by 17 points in the 2018 general election.
In 2020, Garrity, an Iraq War veteran and businesswoman, defeated incumbent Democratic Treasurer Joe Torsella for the statewide row office.
Bartos has the highest name ID among Republicans statewide to announce a bid for the Senate in 2022 so far and has jumped out to an early fundraising advantage among the declared GOP candidates.
Bartos raised just under $1.2 million from his campaign launch on March 8 to the end of the first quarter. While the $1.2 million is the largest of any GOP candidate seeking the statewide office, $400,000 of it was from a loan that Bartos gave to his campaign.
Several other Republicans have formally entered the race to succeed outgoing GOP Sen. Pat Toomey, while multiple Republicans are also reportedly interested in joining the race.
In addition to Bartos, Kathy Barnette, a former GOP congressional candidate and conservative commentator, Sean Gale, an attorney, and Everett Stern, a businessman and HSBC whistleblower, have formally announced their entrance into the statewide race. Other Republicans that have filed with the FEC include John DeBellis, Bobby Jeffries, and Martin Rosenfeld.
Other Republicans that are reportedly interested in seeking the GOP nomination according to Politico include, Reps. Mike Kelly (R-Butler) and Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny), former Congressman Ryan Costello (R-Chester), former Navy Secretary Kenneth Braithwaite, former gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango, former U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain, former U.S. Ambassador Carla Sands, business consultant Craig Snyder, and former congressional candidate Sean Parnell.
Several Democrats have also announced their entrance into the 2022 race.
Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh, Dr. Kevin Baumlin, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Philadelphia), former Norristown Borough Council President John McGuigan have all launched their campaigns for Senate. State Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia) filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Elections Commission for U.S. Senate two weeks ago and formally announced his exploratory committee earlier this month.
According to the FEC website, Brandaun Dean, Larry Johnson, Alexandria Khalil, Kyle Norton, and Alan Shank have also filed statements of candidacy for the Democratic primary.
Several other Democrats are reportedly weighing a run for the office as well.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, others potential Democratic candidates include Reps. Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery) Chrissy Houlahan (D-Chester), Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny), and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.