January 7, 2010 1 Comment
Capitolwire is now quoting sources saying Congressman Jim Gerlach will run for reelection. He had planned on giving up his seat to run for governor, but officially ended that campaign this afternoon, shortly after John Micek of the Allentown Morning Call broke the news of his decision.
The news will shake up the 6th Congressional District’s primary field, to put it mildly. State Representative Curt Schroder tells PoliticsPA he’ll stay in the race, regardless of Gerlach’s decision.
Former revenue secretary Howard Cohen tells the site he isn’t sure what he’ll do. Walt Hufford, Patrick Sellers and Steve Welch are the other candidates in the field.
Meantime, Corbett has released a statement wishing Gerlach “the best in his future endeavors.” Corbett looks forward “to working with him to improve our economic climate, protect taxpayers and make our Commonwealth a better place to live, work and raise a family.” The conventional wisdom is that this sews up the Republican Party endorsement for Corbett, though State Representative Sam Rohrer has no plans to end his bid. From Rohrer’s statement: “I would like to also thank him for joining with me in making the commitment that he would not raise taxes had he been elected. I thank him also for helping us to emphasize the necessity of shrinking the size of government as a starting point to improving our economy and jobs climate. As someone who has had a longstanding legislative relationship with Jim since 1993, I thank him for his years of public service and am quite certain that this is not the last we will see of him.”
And if you’re audibly inclined, here’s my report from this afternoon:
Congressman Jim Gerlach is dropping out of Pennsylvania’s Republican gubernatorial primary, leaving two candidates in the race. Scott Detrow reports from the state Capitol.