What Schroder Can Do That Other PA6 Candidates Can’t

The Schroder campaign has its official kick-off event last night at the Ludwig’s Corner firehouse. By all estimates it was a great success.

There were, easily, two hundred people there. Perhaps even more. I would wager virtually all of them were actual voters in the sixth congressional district. This certainly appeared to exceed expectations. They had to roll out about three times the initial number of tables, and the hall was still standing room only.

Introducing Curt were a number of area luminaries. Not exactly household names– except perhaps for former Congressman Bob Walker– but people very well known to those who vote in GOP primaries: Berks Commissioner Christain Leinbach, former Chesco Commissioner Colin Hanna, former State Rep. Carol Rubley, and others.

And this is what indicates what the Schroder campaign can do that no other candidate for this office can pull off. Heck, you could probably count on one hand the number of politicians NATIONALLY that can pull this off:

For this office he has already lined up a range of endorsements that no other candidate can even come within the same universe of matching. At the same time, Schroder offers a message as a legitimate Republican outsider. Congressman Walker, while introducing him, lambasted current national GOP leadership And last night Rep. Schroder talked about introducing legislative reforms opposed by leaders in both parties, standing against recently indicted former GOP speaker Perzel, auditing the Fed, taking on the trial lawyer lobby, and supporting the rights of property-owners against gas line companies.

So Schroder has a very solid record as a man willing to make tough votes against his own party. This is why folks in both the Tea Party movement and those coming from the Ron Paul end of the party tend to support him. And yet, at the same time, he actually has a mainstream conservative legislative track record and is supported by office-holders all over the Republican party, if not, perhaps, by those leading the GOP committee.

The size and enthusiasm of the crowd last night confirmed that Schroder is able to thread this needle. Anyone who thinks the size of someone else’s wallet makes that person a front-runner simply isn’t paying attention to actual voters.

Oh, and for the record: He didn’t once mention primary opponent Steve Welch’s address, or the fact he was a registered Democrat last year. So our friend at may want to revise and extend his remarks that he expected Rep. Schroder to “make an issue” of these things.

Frankly, though, this is a GOP primary. Is the Schroder campaign supposed to pretend they aren’t running against a former Democrat?

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December 15, 2009 at 12:36 pm Comments (0)

Steve Welch and Progressive PAC ActBlue

ActBlue is a political action committee that has raised over $100 million to help people who answer the question “Want blue states?” in the affirmative.

In a post here I mentioned Steve Welch, GOP candidate for the Sixth Congressional District, had donated money to this PAC. Not long after posting this, Mr. Welch gave me a call to deny it. Said it wasn’t true. Also indicated he would send me his own resource reference to confirm this before the end of the day, yesterday.

I have records from two well-known campaign finance resources indicating this is so. We’re not talking about a lot. It was $300. Certainly a lot less than the $2500 he recently donated to Bob Asher’s PAC.

Well, I haven’t gotten information yet from Welch’s team, aside from the denial. So I have no reason, for now, to doubt the resources I have in front of me. The donation is from Steven Welch, President of Mitos Technologies. Candidate Welch founded that company in 2001, and sold it in 2007. The donation was in 2006, the same cycle he wrote a similar check to Joe Sestak, which he acknowledges.

But Welch is a busy guy. I’m sure he’ll get around to sending the resource clearing this up. Because unless he has some sort of explanation, it would have been insane for him to call me up and categorically deny it. But I do want to people to know I’m not making this stuff up. If Welch is correct, at least two sites have it wrong, for some reason.

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October 7, 2009 at 9:28 am Comments (0)