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Ridge stumps for Toomey

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 Staff

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  1. Bruce Bailey

    Sep 9th, 2010

    He forgot a word:

    ““As a member of Congress Pat consistently fought for WEALTHY taxpayers.”

  2. David Diano

    Sep 9th, 2010

    Ridge left out that his own pro-choice views are why people like Toomey drove him out of politics.

  3. Couldbea story

    Sep 9th, 2010

    There was a tea party rally in Hazleton on april 15, 2009. One of the members of the crowd who grabbed the mic and spoke is now working for sestak in centere county pa. Someone else who spoke was allen keys.

  4. Give me a break

    Sep 9th, 2010

    Tom Ridge backing wow now just get George W and you will be in buisness not.

  5. TB

    Sep 9th, 2010

    How is it that Toomey has attracted moderates like Ridge and Collins to come stump for him? I don’t get it. Toomey called Collins a Communist after she voted yes on Stimulus

  6. David Diano

    Sep 9th, 2010

    Perhaps they are all whores?

    Ridge barely resides in the state anyway. He’s on the some advisory boards, so he needs to trot out every once and a while and do some GOP favors to stay connected for political favors (lobbying).

  7. sue

    Sep 9th, 2010

    What Toomey is “unafraid to stand up for” is the FAR right!

  8. Desperate Dems

    Sep 9th, 2010

    Such venom in the above comments. Referring to a woman U.S. Senator as a “whore?” Shameful.

    Ridge is more popular in Pennsylvania than Rendell or Obama, so it’s not surprising to see such nastiness from Democrat activists. At least James Carville understands the 2010 election cycle:

  9. David Diano

    Sep 9th, 2010

    I was referring to all the politicians as whores. Gender is irrelevant to my criticism.

  10. sick of it all

    Sep 10th, 2010

    ridge is a has been…he could’ve run for the seat but knew he couldn’t win it. his endorsement is meaningless…ask Lynn Swann.

  11. Megan

    Sep 10th, 2010

    I find the use of the word “whores” blatantly sexist and offensive. I will be voting Republican if that’s the tenor of the Democrats language.

  12. Former Dem

    Sep 10th, 2010

    You must be kidding me. He must be campaigning with duct tape in his hands. He is nothing but a political whore and always was. I worked for the State under him and it was a big joke.

  13. Former Dem

    Sep 10th, 2010

    It is clear that you know very little about politics. There are whores and there are political whores and T Ridge is one with a capitol W. It is what it is. He now is a has been, thank God
    Sounds like you are a Republican anyway so be honest on this page. Vote for Satan if you want, you have the right to die anyway you want. Tired of trying to help people like you, you don’t deserve to have any help at all

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