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 pa2010.com 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