Lancaster GOP Chair Endorses Welch
By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor
With no clear front runner in the GOP primary to face Bob Casey, each candidate is diligently working endorsements from party leaders in every corner of the state.
Today, Steve Welch’s U.S. Senate campaign announced the endorsement of Lancaster Republican GOP Chairman Ethan Demme, who runs a small business in addition to his political work.
“Steve has the background as an entrepreneur that is lacking in Washington,” said Demme in a statement. “He understands what it takes to create jobs and how damaging the policies that are coming out of Washington now are to businesses right here in Lancaster County.”
It follows up yesterday’s news that Pa. Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) and Pa. Rep. Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) have thrown their support behind coal industry veteran Tom Smith.
Demme, 29, took over as chairman earlier this year. He is one of the new guard in the PA Republican party – someone who builds relationships with grassroots activists and tea party folks as well traditional party members.
He has more followers on Twitter – 9,610 – than any member of either party’s state committee, and more than the PA GOP and PA Dems combined.
From the Welch campaign release:
Mr. Demme said: “I have had the opportunity to meet with many of the candidates who are looking to be the Republican Nominee against Senator Casey next year. I believe they are all very good individuals. However, after meeting Steve a number of times and listening to what he believes on a number of issues I feel Steve is the best person to join our other great Senator Pat Toomey in Washington.”
“Steve has the background as an entrepreneur that is lacking in Washington. He understands what it takes to create jobs and how damaging the policies that are coming out of Washington now are to businesses right here in Lancaster County. Steve will be a genuine leader, not a follower who votes with President Obama 98% of the time like Bob Casey does.”
Steve Welch added: “I am very excited to have Chairman Demme supporting my candidacy. Ethan is a great conservative leader not only in Lancaster County, but throughout the state. Ethan has been a part of the resurgence of the conservative movement in Pennsylvania and is a great addition to our growing team.”
“Ethan is a small business owner who understands our current Senator has failed to lead on the economy. He has shown the ability to build a business and strengthen the Republican Party in Lancaster County. Pennsylvania needs thoughtful conservative leaders like Ethan to win the hearts and minds of voters. We are excited to have him on our team.”