Republican Tom Smith has championed himself as a vocal opponent of President Obama’s energy strategy during his Senatorial campaign against incumbent Rep. Bob Casey.
And earlier today, he brought his message to neighboring Ohio to campaign with fellow GOP Senate candidate and Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, who is looking to oust Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown.
Smith, a former Armstrong County coal company owner, joined Mandel at a press conference earlier Friday afternoon in Hubbard, OH, where the two men blasted Obama for his “war on coal.”
“From my first job as a union employee in the mines until I sold them, I saw firsthand how overreaching government regulation can cripple our economy and destroy jobs,” Smith said.
But the stop left some scratching their heads as to why Smith isn’t campaigning in the Commonwealth.
Casey’s Spokesperson Larry Smar said the fact Smith chose to campaign in Ohio shows his Tea Party agenda is “too extreme” for Pennsylvanians.
“Bob Casey has sought to grow the economy and to ease regulatory burdens while also protecting public health.”
But Smith stuck to his message on a campaign topic that is important to many voters in both states – and he didn’t hesitate to mention Sen. Brown.
“President Obama, and his allies Senators [Sherrod] Brown and Casey, have declared a war on coal and therefore a war on good jobs and affordable domestic energy in the Midwest and across America,” said Smith.