Wealthy businessman Scott Welch of Chester County, who managed to run for Congress in two districts in Pennsylvania before bowing out, is being recruited to make the Senate race. Politico reported that he met with National Republican Senatorial Committee officials in Washington this week.
Welch, who made millions selling a biotechnology company he founded, was a registered Republican, then registered as a Democrat, and changed back in 2009, about the time he was putting himself forward as a potential GOP candidate to succeed then-Rep. Joe Sestak (D.,Pa.) in the Seventh District.
Welch was encouraged to run but then the Delaware County GOP united around Pat Meehan, the former U.S. attorney who abandoned a gubernatorial campaign to run for the seat. Meehan won. Welch moved to the Sixth District, and sought to replace Rep. Jim Gerlach (R.,Pa.), who was then running for governor. Some conservatives ripped Welch as a RINO, and he would have faced opposition from a tea party candidate.
In the latest Quinnipiac Poll, released earlier this week, a majority of Pennsylvania voters disapproved of the job President Obama is doing and said he does not deserve reelection. Casey, comparatively, is beloved: 48 percent of voters approve of his performance, to 29 percent who disapprove. And 47 percent said he deserves re-election, compared to the 33 percent who say it’s time to give someone else a chance. In this environment, those are stellar ratios.