SPRING TWP., Pa. - And then there were three. Republican state Representative Sam Rohrer has thrown his hat into the ring for governor..
There were hundreds of people packed into a firehouse in Spring Township to hear Rohrer's official announcement. He said it took a lot of thought before he got to this point.
Then the thought started to go through my mind, said Rohrer. You got to be kidding me. Who in the world wants to be governor in three years?
Well, on the Republican side, there are now three people who want to be governor: state Attorney General Tom Corbett, Congressman Jim Gerlach, and state Representative Sam Rohrer.
I intend to pursue the office of governor of Pennsylvania, said Rohrer.
Of course, he may have support locally, but how far is his reach?
He wouldn't have come forth with announcing his gubernatorial challenge if he didn't think he had a shot either, said Benjamin Herschock. I think, you can look around you, there's a lot of people. There's a reason this is packed and people are standing outside the door
Let's face it, said Dennis Leh, he's the dark horse but that doesn't mean he can't win. He can win very easily with people like you
Rohrer's campaign was reaching out to voters in Berks County, but also through a live Webcast. Rohrer has some name recognition in the state for trying to eliminate the school property tax.
But political analyst Terry Madonna said Rohrer needs more than that.
Voters are going to insist they have a full range of policies that will fight the recession, create jobs, and make sure the state doesn't run deficits, said Madonna.
In addition to announcing his run, he laid out his vision and number one was job creation.
Madonna said Rohrer will have to raise a lot of money and his profile.
And Rohrer has clearly thought about it.
I am willing to invest my time and my life in service for those in this commonwealth, said Rohrer, if they so choose if you so choose.
I think Sam is a heavy hitter, said Denise Pasko. I think he has what it takes. I think he's going to get it done. I think Sam will be our next governor.
Rohrer's campaign manager said there will be many more town hall meetings across Pennsylvania before the primary in May.
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