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Pileggi Out: Won’t Run for U.S. Senate

By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi has ruled out a bid for U.S. Senate, the lawmaker told his home town Delaware County Daily Times this morning.

“After a great deal of careful consideration, I have decided not to enter the race for the United States Senate,” Pileggi said. “I will continue to focus on my service as Senate Majority Leader, working for positive change in state government. I thank those who encouraged me to run, and everyone who has offered kind words of support.”

He is up for re-election to the Pa. Senate in 2012, so he could not have pursued both options.

It ends a week of speculation on Pileggi’s political future, including the belief by some in the GOP that he, as the only candidate currently holding public office, would be the strongest opponent for U.S. Sen. Bob Casey.

He’s not the first high-ranking Republican to take a pass on the race: every member of Pa.’s congressional delegation and his colleague, Pa. Sen. Jake Corman, have all declined to challenge the incumbent Democrat.

5 Responses

  1. Without Pileggi in the race the Casey people should start to uncork the champagne bottles. He’s going to coast to a new six year term.

  2. It appears the principled rank and file prevailed on the Establishment that a union financed and pro union Senate candidate would not be viable.

    Kevin Kelly is a man to watch. The Phila. Parking Authority is a center of gravity in Philadelphia and the financier of Phila. Republican hacks.

  3. And now a primary challenge for his PA Senate seat. Hope those Philadelphia Parking Authority Board seats were worth it.

  4. “working for positive change in state government”… Well, that would be a welcome change from his usual agenda of negative change.

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