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Smith Gets GOP Nod in Jammed Senate Race (Smackdown of Pennsylvania GOP-e by TEA Partier)
Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh area) ^ | 24 April 2012 (updated 4 hours ago) | Andrew Conte

Posted on 04/25/2012 8:32:48 AM PDT by Vigilanteman

Armstrong County coal entrepreneur Tom Smith broke away from a crowded field of contenders on Tuesday to win the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate and the opportunity to take on incumbent Sen. Bob Casey Jr.

Smith, 64, of Plumcreek won 42 percent of the vote with 65 percent of precincts reporting, preliminary results showed.

"This election will be about Sen. Casey's record. In his six years in the Senate, Casey has been President Obama's most trusted ally in massively expanding government, ballooning the debt and eroding our freedoms," Smith said. "A half-million unemployed Pennsylvanians deserve a senator with the real world, private-sector experience to get our economy back on track."

Republican leaders called for party unity after a bruising primary in which Smith and other candidates tried to appear the most conservative.

"It is time for all Republicans across the state to put the primary race behind them ... to beat Bob Casey," said Tim Burns, 44, of Eighty Four, who sought the Republican Senate nomination until losing the state committee endorsement in January.

(Excerpt) Read more at triblive.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: pa2012; tomsmith
I was pleasantly surprised that the GOP-e candidate turned in a pathetic 3rd place finish. Tom Smith beat him 2-1 despite not only the fact that he was running against the GOP-e, but is from the western part of the state and making his first run at political office.
1 posted on 04/25/2012 8:32:52 AM PDT by Vigilanteman
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To: Vigilanteman

Thanks for posting some good news, and yes, GOPe blood on the ground makes me smile.


2 posted on 04/25/2012 8:35:00 AM PDT by Psalm 144 ("I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am." - Willard M Romney)
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To: Vigilanteman

Hopefully it’s just a trickle of a stream that will turn into the Mississippi in congress.


3 posted on 04/25/2012 8:43:59 AM PDT by bramps
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To: Vigilanteman

Right you are, V-Man, Gleason got it shoved in his face with Welch’s humiliating defeat! Made my day! :)


4 posted on 04/25/2012 8:48:20 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Vigilanteman

The Tea Party is proving to be a huge influence in the primary selection process...once again. This is where we can have the most influence. We need to keep sending grassroots conservatives into government at all levels through the Republican party, and push the party rightwards and towards good constitutional policy.


5 posted on 04/25/2012 8:48:37 AM PDT by ilgipper
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go get him Mr. Smith....

Bob Casey is one of the laziest Senators this state has ever had.


6 posted on 04/25/2012 8:50:01 AM PDT by haircutter
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To: haircutter
Bob Casey is one of the laziest Senators this state has ever had.

If he was replaced by a direct fax line to ObaMao's office, nobody would notice.

7 posted on 04/25/2012 8:53:42 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

If Smith was supported by the Tea Party, then the Tea Party was split. Michelle Bachman, Herman Cain and I supported Rohrer. Smith was a recent conversion from being a life-long Democrat, but Rohrer didn’t have the money to flood the air with negative commercials. It was Rohrer who came in second.


8 posted on 04/25/2012 9:15:22 AM PDT by chopperman
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To: Psalm 144
Yes, it takes some of the sting of Romney winning the nomination.

Now if we can knock off Hatch and Luger!

9 posted on 04/25/2012 9:18:07 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!-Sam Adams)
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To: haircutter

He comes across as a real dim bulb.


10 posted on 04/25/2012 9:30:43 AM PDT by surrey
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To: chopperman
Yes, the TEA party is split. There are a number of TEA Party groups. Our main group out here in western PA was backing Tom Smith. A smaller group here which, I believe, is the biggest group in the central and east, was backing Sam Rohrer.

Almost all of the people in our group liked Rohrer (though a few die-hards kept raising the pay raise issue), but felt Tom Smith backed the same principles and was more electable due to his ability to self-finance.

Just like the Rohrer people were able to overlook his vote on the pay raise, our people were able to overlook Tom Smith's longtime voter registration in the Democrat party. Armstrong county is run by Democrats from top to bottom and anybody who isn't registered in the party runs the real risk of having their voter registration accidentally lost or their property tax assessment unfairly jacked up. My county (Westmoreland) was exactly in the same situation before we cleaned them all out in the last election cycle, first time since the Eisenhower administration!

Tom Smith changed his registration to GOP just last August. I did the same just last month.

11 posted on 04/25/2012 9:35:55 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Tribune7

ping


12 posted on 04/25/2012 9:37:54 AM PDT by randita
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To: haircutter

Is there really a Sen. Robert Casey Jr.? I live in PA and you can’t prove it by me.


13 posted on 04/25/2012 9:41:38 AM PDT by cork
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To: Vigilanteman

This is very good, as I suspect Casey will now adopt extreme environmental positions in an effort to draw a contrast between himself and the Candidate from Big Coal.

Rural Pennsylvania voters don’t want to continue living check to check on meager jobs, hoping to win the lottery. Energy is our path to prosperity. Let Casey become a roadblock to that.


14 posted on 04/25/2012 9:44:57 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: fortheDeclaration

FWIW, I am currently out in Utah visiting my Reservation relatives. Hatch failed to win the GOP Party endorsement at the state convention and now must compete in an open primary against a united TEA Party backed candidate.


15 posted on 04/25/2012 9:49:23 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: cork
LOL! He's a real person all right. Some PA Freepers actually claim to have met Casey Jr. If you have labor union connections and get through his handler's screen, you might even be able to attend one of his carefully scripted events.

But he has the intelligence of a cardboard cut-out. That's still better than Patricia Bin Murray of Washington.

16 posted on 04/25/2012 9:53:29 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: surrey

you should see the form letters he send to his voters...

I wrote to him often and once he took two months to answer, I had even forgotten what I wrote about to him!!! I’ve saved them all..

I’ll do all I can here in rural America for Mr. Smith to get to Washington!


17 posted on 04/25/2012 10:13:40 AM PDT by haircutter
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To: Buckeye McFrog
right you are buckeye...

we rural Somerset County Americans are really tired of Obama, Casey and all the rest of the yahoo's.

(p.s...I was a buckeye for 52 years..why oh why did I return to this place???)lol guess because my paycheck returned and I had to follow or else!!!)

18 posted on 04/25/2012 10:19:52 AM PDT by haircutter
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To: haircutter
Rural Somerset County is God's Country. My parents own property there.

I have left the Buckeye State three times in my life. My most recent employer offered me another opportunity. I said "no thanks".

19 posted on 04/25/2012 11:22:42 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: cork
"Is there really a Sen. Robert Casey Jr.? I live in PA and you can’t prove it by me. "

I've met him. I bumped into him at Constitution and 1st, when he was trying to avoid meeting with constituents during a tea party rally. I can report that he had nice shiny shoes, an expensive suit, nice manners, and to all appearances, a vacuum between his ears.

20 posted on 04/25/2012 11:49:59 AM PDT by Think free or die
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To: haircutter
I wrote to him often and once he took two months to answer, I had even forgotten what I wrote about to him!!!

Same here - only his reply was a mere regurgitation of the same boiler-plate policy points I had directly refuted. He never answers the points made or the questions asked. Casey is a waste of cardboard!!

21 posted on 04/25/2012 3:39:40 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: South Hawthorne; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ..

ping


22 posted on 04/25/2012 5:56:54 PM PDT by Tribune7 (GAS WAS $1.85 per gallon on the day Obama was Inaugurated! - - freeper Gaffer)
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To: haircutter
"we rural Somerset County Americans are really tired of Obama,"

Maybe you are fellow Freeper, but your customers (if you are a haircutter) have been complete jerks with Murtha for years.
BTW, is that Boliver Catholic Church still there?
A St. V priest took us there to say mass one day when I was an alter boy.

23 posted on 04/25/2012 6:55:44 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Any Republican. Just NO Obama.)
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only a very small portion of Somerset votes in the old Murtha district...he got his votes from Johnstown....

In deed I was a haircutter, for 42 years and loved every day of it..they were good old days, have been retired now for 10 yrs. and still miss it..have a daughter who is also a hairdresser, and many great friends so we get together and ‘play beauty shop’ both of my kids could give a great hair cut by the time they entered their teens...daughter was ready to hit the floor day one when she went to beauty school, of course you must earn the hours first.. LOVED THOSE FUN DAYS...I finished my career with 17 years in nursing homes, hospitals and funeral homes...

and I bet you were a great Alter boy, wonderful training for your adult life..not familiar with the Boliver Catholic church but will now check it out...

24 posted on 04/25/2012 7:23:04 PM PDT by haircutter
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