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Welch: ‘I won’t be moving’

As he gears up to run for Congress in the 6th District, Republican Steven Welch faces the prospect of an inevitable attack: He doesn’t live there.

Welch, a wealthy businessman and entrepreneur, lives in Phoenixville. And while most of the town resides in the 6th, the sliver where he and his family resides is in the 7th.

But don’t expect Welch, who had planned to run in the 7th until recently, to go house-shopping anytime soon.

“I won’t be moving,” Welch told in an interview Monday. “I don’t think people care that someone lives on one side of the street or another. People right now are looking for solutions. And I can say with confidence that people throughout the 6th District have been receptive to having a candidate who can do those things.”

Welch and his wife just had a second child, which surely makes a move seem less than palatable. But in many ways, moving to the district could be just as politically risky as running from outside the district. If he stays put, opponents can paint him as an outsider. If he moves, they can call him an opportunist.

Welch’s GOP opponents, Curt Schroder and Ryan Costello, have so far passed on attacking him for his out-of-district run. But while Welch  acknowledges that attacks on his residency are sure to come sooner or later, he says that misses the point.

“If that’s all our opponents can come up with, I think we’re in pretty good shape,” he said.

And pointing out that he was raised in the 6th District and also started his business there, he called that race “a more natural fit.”

Welch had already raised money and put together big chunks of his political team for a 7th District run when former U.S. Attorney Pat Meehan decided to get in the race, prompting Welch to get out. But Welch said his team remains in place, and that little will change.

“The 6th and the 7th are two of the most important seats in the country in assuring we get the country back on the right track,” he said.

September 14, 2009 at 3:03 pm

--Dan Hirschhorn

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  1. DeadEnder

    Sep 14th, 2009

    Doesn’t live in the District.


    This guy has no chance in the primary vs. Schroder.

  2. Nick

    Sep 14th, 2009

    Steve Welch is an honorable person. When given the opportunity to give the typical politician response, Steve gave a straightforward honest answer. And he is right. This election will be about creating jobs, something that Steve knows a great deal about. Primaries are healthy for the party and I imagine Steve, Costello and Schroeder will have plenty to say about the future of our party and their plans for the 6th.

  3. Nick C.

    Sep 14th, 2009

    This guy is so arrogant it’s unreal. Does he think he is god’s gift to the Republican Party? He’s a Democrat who recently switch registration. He lied about why he wanted to run for the 7th. He lied about staying committed to the 7th. He keeps getting told “no” from party leaders about endorsing him, and he’s gearing up to run against the party. And now he says he doesn’t need to live in the District he seeks to represent. How many bad moves can this guy make? Okay Richie Welch, have all your buddies write follow up posts to this. . . . . It’s over before it started. You’re trying to buy a seat. And you say “it’s not about you.” It’s all about you.

  4. Tom

    Sep 14th, 2009

    O come on people…this is an unselfish move that helps constituents in both districts above all else. He was RAISED in the 6th, built his business in the 6th and created jobs in the 6th. His house literally lies on the border, so stop with all the whining about him being an opporunist. He is a competent guy who’s created jobs and knows what it takes to bring jobs back to the region. He’s not a Democrat – he brieflu supported Sestak when he ran in 2006 because he, like many Republicans, had become sick of Repuclican politics-as-usual. But make no mistake: he is a strong fiscal conservative who is already focusing on issues that actually matter and is not the whipping boy of the Party elites. He’s building momentum with a lot of people that have never been involved before, THATS WHAT WE NEED and he should get credit for making an effort there.

    Stop playing games folks and focus on the issues. Welch is a guy we can all rally around. He’s here to stay and I’m excited to see him make some real change around the entire region.

  5. Dan the Ironman

    Sep 14th, 2009

    Nick C-get a life. Steve has the right to run in the 6th and the fact that Phoenixville is largely in the 6th makes it all the more sensible. These lines are arbitrarily drawn by career politicians like Curt Schroeder! The 6th district is so badly gerrymandered its not even funny.

    Let anyone throw this smoke screen up but PPL want discussion on the ISSUES.

  6. Andy

    Sep 14th, 2009

    Maybe instead of personal attacks (Nick C.), focusing on a candidate’s issues is what we should be doing. I’m not sure who “Rickie Welch” is, but its a pretty clear indication of someone attacking STEVE Welch the candidate, and not bothering to look at his stances. What side of the street a person lives on shouldnt, and legally doesnt, matter. Steve is the kind of candidate we need in Washington.

  7. ChescoTom

    Sep 14th, 2009

    NickC, that is completely unfair. Let’s rise above the rhetoric and the circular firing squad. Steve has some great ideas for moving the party and the country forward. I invite you to get to know him better. As a fiscal conservative, I am drawn to his plan to create jobs and help rebuild our economy. In times like these, we need real leadership rather than the tit-for-tat back and forth of interparty squabbling. But you are right about one thing. Primaries are good from the standpoint of seperating good ideas from bad ones. Given the position of our party, now is the time to seperate positive visions from ignorant vitriol.

  8. Mark Copple

    Sep 14th, 2009

    I don’t think the assertion he’s pro-abortion is accurate either. He’s indicated he’s pro life.

  9. DeadEnder

    Sep 14th, 2009

    Mark Copple-Not from what I hear. He is a RINO through and through.

  10. Virginia

    Sep 14th, 2009

    As a resident of the 6th District, I’m very excited about Steve’s announcement to seek the seat. His focus on improving the economy and fiscal responsibility are exactly what the 6th needs.

  11. Patrick

    Sep 14th, 2009

    Hey DeadEnder and Nick C., You guys sound like political hacks who don’t have their facts straight. Before you start throwing bombs, do your research. It is this type of non-consequential rhetoric Welch is running against. I think Schroder is a great guy, but let’s send someone to Washington who knows what it takes to create jobs (like the ones he created in the 6th district) and will restore fiscal discipline. That someone is Steven Welch. I think you will see in 2010 that the era of the career politician is over. Sorry Curt Schroder…

  12. Winston

    Sep 14th, 2009

    I agree with Patrick when he says lets get the facts straight. The first fact to get straight is that Welch does NOT live in Phoenixville. He is trying to blur the distinction that he actually lives in Upper Providence Montgomery County. For those who say it doesn’t matter where he lives, how far do you take that? Do you want a candidate from Pittsburgh coming out here to run? Under the Welch way, I guess that would be ok. The fact is Welch has failed a test of character when the Del Co War Board muscled him out of the 7th. IF his Ideas you all tout are so great, he should have promoted them in his HOME district, the 7th. And this line about him being “unselfish” is absolutely laughable!!! Good luck getting anyone to believe that. How much is Steve paying all of you “cut and past” bloggers who post the same tired defenses of Welch on every blog out there?

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  14. Tom

    Sep 14th, 2009

    Hey Winston, you don’t know what you’re talking about. Steve Welch lives in Phoenixville and the border to the 6th is literally a stone’s throw. He’s not from Pittsburgh or any other far off place…he lives just feet from the arbitrary gerry-mandered line created by the same tired culture that you seem so intent on protecting.

    And it is unselfish. He could have challenged Meehan and probably lost, but forced Meehan to waste money, resources and credibility fighting a divisive campaign. Welch realizes Meehan is a good guy and good for the country to have in DC, so he unselfishly decided to leave the race and run in the district where he was raised, where his kids go to school and where HE CREATES JOBS: the 6TH. You guys need to stop the whining, seriously.

  15. Topton Pride

    Sep 14th, 2009

    I’m sick of this guy already. Bad news for GOP he is just stealing resources.

  16. David Diano

    Sep 14th, 2009

    Welch should give back all the money he raised as a candidate for the 7th district.

  17. Mark Copple

    Sep 14th, 2009

    I will guarantee you no one wants his money back. From talking to him, he’s held bio-tech fund raisers and a lot of money from the venture capital community.

    In the article in the Daily Local, Welch indicated that he is pro-life. Meehan and Welch are going to be a tandem in 6 and 7 raising money together and so on.

  18. Topton Pride

    Sep 15th, 2009

    It’s great to see democracy funded by corporate interests and people with a crap load of extra money sitting around.

  19. Ed

    Sep 15th, 2009

    Welch doesn’t live in Phoenixville as much he wants people to believe that. He lives in Upper Providence Township, Montgomery County, just because his business is in Phoenixville, and just because his address is in Phoenixville doesn’t mean he lives there, some fact checking would be nice.

  20. PA Mom

    Sep 15th, 2009

    I think it is a great strategy by Meehan and Welch to have Welch step aside and go with the more natural fit of the 6th, so that Republicans can be assured 2 seats in Congress. I, like Welch, am a recent convert back to the Republican party and am excited to see young blood in the race. Far right religious fanatics like Schroder and, ehem, BUSH, are what scared me away from the party in the first place–so you can’t blame anyone for dabbling in Dem.

    I think an entrepreneur’s mindset would be a great way to help people see a new path to economic recovery. And anyone who has read anything on entrepreneurs should know that it’s never about the money–it’s about the passion of having a vision and seeing it through despite challenges and road blocks. Sounds good right about now, doesn’t it?

  21. Jeff

    Sep 15th, 2009


    “just because his address is in Phoenixville doesn’t mean he lives there”

    Wow. You people are just a little bit crazy. I live a half mile from people who vote in District 7. I never realized they were so different from me? What a joke.

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