Ridge stumps for Toomey
The Republican who almost ran for Senate himself was out on the campaign trail Thursday for GOP nominee Pat Toomey.
Former Gov. Tom Ridge formally endorsed Toomey during a morning appearance in State College. In a statement later, he called Toomey “an honest, principled leader who is unafraid to stand up for what’s right.”
After Senator Arlen Specter switched parties last year, GOP leaders tried to coax Ridge into the race. In announcing that he wouldn’t run, Ridge declined at the time to say that the conservative Toomey could win a statewide election in Pennsylvania.
“As a member of Congress Pat consistently fought for taxpayers,” Ridge said, “and in today’s economic climate, that trait is more important than ever.”
Democrats responded with derision to the endorsement, noting that the Ridge had waited 16 months to back his GOP colleague.
“As the head of the Wall Street-backed Club for Growth, Pat Toomey led the purge of moderate Republicans,” state party spokesman Mark Nicastre said in a statement. “It’s no surprise that it took Republican Tom Ridge nearly 16 months to reluctantly support his fellow Republican Pat Toomey. Ridge knows that Pat Toomey is too extreme and out of touch with Pennsylvania.”
September 9, 2010 at 10:40 am