Potential Senate Rival Rohrer Commends Smith
Senate candidate and coal industry veteran Tom Smith is received praise from an unlikely source today: former Pa. Rep. Sam Rohrer, who sources say is all but certain to join the race for U.S. Senate against Bob Casey.
A press release from Americans for Prosperity’s PA chapter today commended Smith for a pledge he took today against any form of tax on carbon emissions. Rohrer, who also ran for governor in 2010, is the group’s leader and is listed as the press contact in the release.
“The Pennsylvania chapter of the free market grassroots group Americans for Prosperity (AFP-PA) today applauded U.S. Senate candidate Tom Smith for signing the group’s ‘No Climate Tax Pledge,’” the release said. “Smith joins more than 570 bipartisan lawmakers and candidates on the federal, state and local levels pledging to ‘oppose legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.’”
The pledge itself states “I, Tom Smith, pledge to the people of Pennsylvania and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.”
“It was a very easy decision to sign on to this pledge. Any time unnecessary taxes are imposed on people I will oppose them.” said Smith in a statement.
Indeed it was – Smith managed a mid-sized coal mining operation for most of his career.