Rick Santorum lost his Senate seat to Democrat Bob Casey in 2006 and he lost by a crushing 18 points. Obviously, the Republicans want that seat back. Last night an upstart named Tom Smith won the Republican nomination to go up against Casey (a formidable challenge in a generally blue state). What really caught my attention was that Smith "was scorned by the Republican establishment...". What!! Smith clearly wasn't the choice of the elites and the Republican establishment. That's always a good sign! What is Smith's crime that earned the scorn of the elites? Could it be that he's just a high school graduate who rose from humble beginnings, achieved success and had enough wealth to plow $4 million of his own money into the race?
Pennsylvania, a newcomer to statewide politics who spent $4 million of his own money on TV advertising, easily won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, defeating party-backed candidate Steve Welch and three others....Smith, a high school graduate from Armstrong County, presented himself to primary voters as a folksy everyman, "just a farm boy that got misplaced in the coal mines and started my own business." His candidacy was scorned by the Republican establishment, including Gov. Corbett...The Smith victory was a political blow to Corbett, who had gotten the Republican State Committee to endorse Welch with the idea that the youthful, high-energy contender (he's 35 and a Penn State engineering grad) from the Philadelphia region would be the party's strongest candidate against Casey.
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