With all of the talk of the NRCC’s Young Guns program, I thought it was imperative to repost this article.

I’ve been watching the PA-6 House race very closely and have some concerns with one of the candidates running on the Republican ticket. Businessman, Steve Welch, who was originally running in the PA-7 district was asked politely to drop out of the 7th district race, so, Welch stepped into the PA-6 House race for Congressman Jim Gerlach’s seat who is running for PA governor. Welch does not live in the PA-6 district, but lives in the neighboring PA-7 district for starters. Voters may be willing to overlook this fact, but will they be able to overlook that Welch reportedly was a registered Democrat for a long period and has since switched over to a Republican.

Maybe that explains the fact that Welch donated $300 to progressive Democrat Congressman Joe Sestak and also donated $300 to progressive ActBlue PAC on behalf of Joe Sestak. Welch denies donating to ActBlue, but here’s a screenshot of the receipt. So, what is the explanation? Is it buyer’s remorse for donating to Sestak? How come Sestak came to your house? Were you a registered Democrat, because it doesn’t seem plausable that Sestak would visit a Republican household and hit them up for money? The voters of PA-6 deserve a truthful explanation, instead of a story about Sestak dropping by. It just doesn’t make sense.

More evidence of Welch’s two donations to Sestak are here:
Welch, Steven
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Mitos Techologies Inc./President SESTAK, JOSEPH A. JR. (D)
House (PA 07)
earmarked via ACTBLUE $300†
general 09/29/06
Welch, Steven
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Mitos Techologies Inc./President SESTAK, JOSEPH A. JR. (D)
House (PA 07)
SESTAK FOR CONGRESS $300
general 09/29/06
† denotes an earmarked contribution previously made to a PAC or campaign committee

Voters are tired of candidates thinking they are stupid or people trying to push out good candidates and others trying to buy their way into House seats. It seems to be a game anymore. Businessmen become wealthy, then decide their next career move is to be a congressman or a senator. Remember Jon Corzine in New Jersey?

PA-6 voters have some choices to make and need to be informed as to who is a RINO that has the campaign rhetoric down pat and who is really on their side. Again, how is Welch going to talk his way out of this one? From freerepublic

There are other concerns with Welch as well. He claims to have raised $250,000. But– and there is a huge but–Welch actually he raised $18,450 not adding in his own money. The records also do not indicate that he gave any money back to people after switching races. He was basically lying to his own supporters and I don’t know how he thought he wasn’t going to get caught!

In contrast to Steve’s Shell Game, Curt Schroder’s donors reveal a deep loyalty from constituents in the 6th district. Curt raised $108,600.71 from 145 reported contributors. People who have were not reported (<$200) account for roughly $15k of that total.

Subtracting Welch’s own money his campaign raised $46,150 from 40 reported contributors. That means the “hundreds” of other individual donors, he claims to have, (<$200) contributed a grand total of $7,080. All total 8.25% of his $559,143.32 in receipts came from individuals other than himself.

Here is a bombshell: $21,000 came from out of state. Meaning at least 47% of his individual contributions came from out of state.

Hello Voters! Who is driving this candidate? The constituents of the 6th district or out of state donors? This is a pattern that I’ve seen from Democrat candidates in 2008. Rep Patrick Murphy and Allyson Schwartz had half of their campaign funding from out of state donors. We can safely say they have been expensive failures for their constituents. The most damning number is that he reported no more than 7 contributors that were actually from the district. In roughly a month he couldn’t find more than 7 people who lived in the 6th district to invest $200 or more in his campaign!

Perhaps this is the most telling piece information, and it would lead one to believe Steve might find more than 7 donors in his home district – the 7th.

Steve Welch, Republican candidate for the 7th Congressional District, told supporters in a recent letter he had raised more than $250,000 since announcing his candidacy in early July.
I know you thinking I’m mistaken about the 6th district, because the Delco Times piece mentions Welsh as a candidate in the 7th district. For those new to the story, Steve Welsh resides in the 7th district and begun a campaign to run in the 7th until the GOP powers that be told him he must run for the 6th district Congressional seat.

One final note, Welch talks about jobs–a lot–and touts that he created several dozen jobs locally. For the record, I know many, many people who have created several dozen jobs, but they don’t use that record to qualify trying to buy a House seat. Surely, Steve Welch is no Steve Wynn.

PA-6 should not become the next NY-23 and won’t if voters stay informed on the candidates because as we learned with Obama it’s easy to memorize the rhetoric and fool the voters. Don’t be duped by a slick campaign–one bought and paid for by Welch.