In an open letter, nearly 100 Republican leaders across Pennsylvania called on David McCormick to run on the GOP ticket for the U.S. Senate.
McCormick, who fell short against Mehmet Oz for the 2022 Republican nomination to run against John Fetterman, has been courted by various publics to challenge Sen. Bob Casey Jr. for Pennsylvania’s important seat in 2024.
With Democrats presently holding a 51-49 edge in the chamber, the signatories stressed that “In 2024, Pennsylvania will play a key role in determining who holds the majority in the United States Senate. Pennsylvania and America need a Republican majority in the U.S. Senate to put a stop to Joe Biden’s liberal agenda and work to deliver strong, conservative results to the American people.”
For his part, McCormick has hinted that he is strongly considering another run at the seat. And he has acted the part of candidate, attending various GOP events, raising money for Republican candidates, and making appearances on conservative podcasts.
He has also written a book – “Superpower In Peril” – and done the requisite book tour, as well as hiring staff.
The only thing that’s left … is making a formal announcement.
Allegheny County GOP chair Sam DeMarco rounded up the troops to encourage the former hedge fund executive to consider running again. Topping the signature list are three U.S. congressmen from the Keystone State – Dan Meuser (R-09), John Joyce (R-13) and Mike Kelly (R-16) – former Gov. Tom Corbett, along with Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland), Sens. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) and Devlin Robinson (R-Allegheny), House Reps. Marci Mustello (R-Butler), Rob Mercuri (R-Allegheny), Andrew Kuzma (R-Allegheny/Washington), Natalie Mihalek (R-Allegheny/Washington), Jill Cooper (R-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana) and Craig Staats (R-Bucks). The letter also gained the signatures of a majority of Pennsylvania’s GOP county chairs.
The signatories heap praise upon the 58-year-old, reminding him of his time growing up in Bloomsburg, his time at West Point and his service to his country not only in the military but as a public servant in the Bush Administration.
“A combat veteran, job creator, public servant, and true Pennsylvanian, we can think of no one better suited to serve the commonwealth in the United States Senate, and urge you to run in 2024.”
If McCormick opts not to run, some party officials worry about the caliber of available alternatives at this relatively late stage.
“That’s going to be a problem,” said DeMarco to the Associated Press. “At the moment, we have no idea if Dave chose not to run who would step up. But it’s clear that the Republican Party of Pennsylvania is putting its chips on Dave McCormick.”
Why wouldn’t McCormick make another run at the Senate seat? After all, he lost to Oz, who was endorsed by former President Trump, by just 950 votes.
He may be able to give you 14 million reasons, or the amount of his own money that he poured into the unsuccessful campaign.
If he does throw his hat back in the ring, it will be after a long, thoughtful process that involves his family and his faith.
“The country is headed in the wrong direction and I think people realize that,” he said. “What I’m trying to do in the book is to lay out a vision for what I think we need to do to move forward. To change the direction of the country as conservatives we need to do two things – one, win elections,” he chuckled. “Have candidates that can win primaries as well as generals. Candidates that have a vision going forward.
“When you lose by 900 votes, when you throw yourself into a campaign like that, it’s not like the motivation to help goes away,” he continued. “My desire to serve is still there. Whether I’ll run for the Senate as a way of doing that … we haven’t decided yet. There are a lot of ways to serve. We’ll think about it and pray about it as a family and we’ll make a decision at some point. Whether we decide I’m the right person for Pennsylvania … we haven’t ruled out anything.”