Rohrer Will Seek Senate Nomination
After months of hinting, Sam Rohrer will announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate in a town hall meeting on Monday. He will join an already crowded field vying for the GOP nomination and the chance to unseat incumbent Senator Bob Casey.
Rohrer, a former PA state legislator from Berks County and 2010 gubernatorial hopeful, recently stepped down as the PA State Director of Americans for Prosperity to declare his candidacy.
The three candidates at the top of the field, Tim Burns, Tom Smith and Steve Welch share a similar background: they are all businessmen who are independently wealthy. Rohrer will enter the as the only candidate who has held elected public office.
Although Rohrer won only 31 percent is his race against Corbett, he won the support of a die hard contingent of grassroots conservatives – many of whom were excitedly sharing his new website on facebook and twitter on Wednesday. He almost certainly enjoys higher name recognition than any of the other GOP hopefuls; 31 percent could be enough to win that primary.
That said, there is a definite undercurrent of conservative criticism for Rohrer. He voted in favor of the infamous midnight pay raise in 2005, and after 18 years in the State House collects an annual pension of more than $31,000.
Rohrer’s grassroots name ID threatens to take of the oxygen away from shoeleather, grassroots candidates like Harrisburg-area attorney Marc Scaringi, retired Mansfield Colonel John Vernon, and Scranton Tea Party founder Laureen Cummings. It could also be bad news for Smith, a former Tea Party leader.
Of the current candidates, Rohrer’s entrance most directly benefits Welch, whose moderate southeastern PA image would be a liability in a two- or three-person Republican primary.