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Welch Fires 2012 Opening Salvo

By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor

The 2011 races are over, and the 2012 cycle has begun.

Steve Welch, the biotech entrepreneur and former congressional candidate, has launched the first attack of the new cycle – a web video that highlights United States Senator Bob Casey’s close ties to President Barack Obama.

Welch himself narrates the ad, which begins with the assertion that Casey has sided with Obama at a 98 percent voting clip – including his support for the Affordable Care Act, the 2009 stimulus package and “every government regulation that is interfering with job creation.”  He proceeds to point out that the federal government has grown 46 percent and unemployment has nearly doubled “since Bob Casey has been in office.”

The spot then pivots somewhat positively, as Welch emphasizes the need to send “ordinary Americans that actually have experience creating jobs” to Washington.  “And I assure you, once we get the government out of our job creation, once we get the government out of our businesses, we will see American innovators, American entrepreneurs thrive once again and we will continue to see this economy boom,” he says.

The nature of Welch’s opening salvo is no surprise given the Chester County entrepreneur’s background and President Obama’s sagging popularity in the Keystone State. 

For months, strategists associated with Welch have described him as an ideal foil for Casey, given his business acumen, experiences creating jobs and ability to portray himself as a political outsider.

Welch’s personal wealth – he contributed roughly $650,000 to two aborted Congressional bids during the 2010 cycle and has expressed a willingness to invest in this race as well – could also be a factor as the race’s various factions pick up steam.

According to a Quinnipiac poll released on Thursday, roughly half of Pennsylvania voters disapprove of President Obama’s job performance (52 percent – 44 percent) and believe he does not deserve reelection (50 percent – 46 percent).  Roughly the same percentage of respondents (53 percent) named the economy the most significant issue heading into the 2012 cycle.

Click here to watch the full ad, which is titled “The Same.”

2 Responses

  1. If you flip on Party affilitation in the year 2011, we have no confidence that you will stay the correct course. Sorry Mr. Welch, negative campaigning against the candidate from your own Party (D) won’t help you win. Campaigns are harder to buy now. The election game has changed. The voting public is smarter-we can’t afford not to be.

  2. The problem Mr. Welch is you were a registered republican before you became a registered democrat and helped put Obama into his position. It’s hypocritical for you to criticize Casey voting with him. You also helped Sestak in 2008 who voted for Health Care Affordability Act aka Obamacare. Since you have just returned to the Republican Party how can we trust you.

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