Interesting development just breaking in PA GOP Senate race. Tom Ridge, favorite of socially liberal establishment Republicans, has decided not to enter the race to replace Arlen Specter. (hat tip – Andy Roth)
Details from PA2010 (click through for Ridge’s full statement):
After much speculation, former Gov. Tom Ridge today announced that he would not seek the GOP nomination for Senate next year.
In a statement, Ridge said he had been heartened by the support and encouragement he received from within the party and that it had been a difficult decision for him. He expressed a desire to still be involved in the party’s development.
“To those who believe that the Republican Party is facing challenges, they are right,” Ridge said. “To those who believe the Democratic Party is without its own difficulties, they are wrong. No one party has a monopoly on all of the answers. The more important view, in my mind, is that we remember, whether Republican or Democrat, we are foremost Americans. And as Americans, we have always overcome challenges when we put partisanship aside and solutions first.”
Ridge’s decision leaves Republicans Pat Toomey and Peg Luksik as the main candidates in the race. But it also would seem to increase the likelihood that Congressman Jim Gerlach (R-7) and other Republican lawmakers will give the race a serious look.
Reminder: The Toomey for Senate campaign donation site is here.
Unlike Arlen Specter, Toomey doesn’t disguise his fundraising site as a bogus medical research charity.