Kelly Statement on Pennsylvania’s 2018 Statewide Races

May 19, 2017

Rep. Kelly Statement on 2018
PA Gubernatorial and U.S. Senate Races

BUTLER, PA — U.S. Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today regarding his decision not to enter the race for Pennsylvania governor, as well as his consideration of a potential campaign for U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania in 2018.

“Over the past year I have been considering two options to possibly serve Pennsylvania in a greater statewide capacity. I feel very blessed that a great number of friends and supporters have encouraged me to consider both the race for Governor and the race for U.S. Senator in 2018. Earlier this week I reached out to several of the potential Republican candidates for Governor to inform them that I will not be pursuing the GOP nomination for that race. This is in no small part because I believe our party has a promising field of strong candidates who will make an aggressive case to Pennsylvania voters that Governor Wolf’s agenda has failed us and that it is time for new leadership in Harrisburg. I pledged to each of them that I will fully support whoever wins the Republican nomination.

“I plan to spend much of the coming weeks thoroughly considering a campaign for the GOP nomination for next year’s U.S. Senate race. Senator Casey’s far-left pandering in Washington along with his paper-thin record of accomplishments during his long career in government have made him a disappointing representative of Pennsylvania. The people of our commonwealth deserve two active legislators who will energetically represent commonsense Pennsylvania values in Congress’s upper chamber. I will be giving this race serious consideration in the months ahead and will make a final decision later this summer. An official announcement will be made at that time.”