At the PA GOP’s Winter meeting, the state party voted to endorse Congressman Lou Barletta’s Senate bid, and the state Sen, Scott Wagner and Jeff Bartos ticket for Governor and Lieutenant Governor.
State House Speaker Mike Turzai dropped out of the race for Governor ahead of the endorsement process for Governor, leaving Paul Mango and Wagner as the two candidates vying for the endorsement.
In an standing vote, the party chose Wagner. The party approved of the choice of Bartos as Wagner’s running mate, endorsing his bid for Lieutenant Governor.
“Its important in my business world that I surround myself with great people, Jeff Bartos is one of those guys,” Wagner said.
“It is time for our party to come together,” Bartos said.
The party began the endorsement process with U.S. Senate. Barletta was the only candidate nominated for the office, with Southwest Caucus Chair Mike Baker, from the same region as Barletta’s primary opponent state Rep. Jim Christiana.
The party endorsed Barletta by unanimous voice vote.
“It is time we put America first and not Washington first. I have won this battle before,” Barletta said.
“I believe in term limits, and Bob Casey’s 12 years are up.”
The party chose to endorse Bartos over former state Rep. Gordon Denlinger and Dr. Peg Luksik.