Corbett endorsement not a given, says Rohrer camp
May 19, 2010 15 Comments
State Representative Sam Rohrer isn’t sure whether he’ll endorse Republican nominee Tom Corbett – but Corbett says he’s not worried about securing the support of Rohrer’s conservative backers.
Rohrer’s base of supporters ended up being comparatively small – he garnered 31 percent of the Republican primary vote. But the conservatives, many of them Tea Party and 9-12 Project members, are devoted, and Rohrer say it may take some convincing to get them to vote for Corbett.
Speaking at an Allegheny County polling site on Tuesday, Rohrer said Corbett and the State Republican Party have some fence mending to do.
Rohrer campaign advisor Jeff Coleman says the campaign’s backers have “wide philosophical differences [with Corbett] of some of the more deeply held issues, like the Constitution.” “Those are difficult to reconcile,” he added.
At an Allegheny County Airport press conference this afternoon, Corbett insisted he reached out to conservative activists and grassroots groups throughout the primary. “So we’ve already begun that process. So I would disagree with Mr. Rohrer. I think many of his supporters and many of the independents out there will be coming on board with us.”
Corbett also says he’s also confident he can appeal to the Tea Party voters, while still wooing the state’s moderate independent and Democratic voters.