That’s “Congressman Gerlach” to you

It’s now confirmed: Congressman Jim Gerlach is running for reelection in the Sixth. He says after dropping out of the gubernatorial campaign yesterday, “hundreds of concerned constituents and long-time supporters made phone calls and sent e-mails urging me to consider running for Congress again and offering to help in any way they could to keep me in this seat.”

The statement continues, “I am extremely humbled by the response and grateful for the outpouring of kindness and encouragement. The overwhelming response let me know that the best way to continue serving the public is by protecting taxpayers and fighting for our families. And it has reinforced the decision I have made – after exhaustive deliberation with my extremely supportive wife, Karen and our children — to seek another term representing the great people of the 6th Congressional District.”

Gerlach says he represents “the best chance for Republicans to not only hold this seat, but play a major role in regaining control of the U.S. House of Representatives.” We’ll see whether the other Republican candidates feel that way, too.

Per Capitol Ideas, the NRCC is supporting the bid.

About pubradiopolitics
Scott covers state government and politics for Pennsylvania's public radio stations, including WITF in Harrisburg, WHYY in Philadelphia and WDUQ in Pittsburgh.

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