The Republican Liberty Caucus, which exists to promote individual liberty, limited government, and free enterprise within the Republican Party, has endorsed a candidate for Governor in Maine and a candidate for Governor in Pennsylvania.
Maine has seven Republican candidates vying for the Republican nomination, which will be decided on the June 8 primary. Pennsylvania has two Republican candidates running to win the May 18 primary.
The Republican Liberty Caucus of Maine, a chartered state affiliate, has endorsed Waterville Mayor Paul LePage (pictured below) for Governor.
The national RLC Board of Directors has endorsed Sam Rohrer for Governor and Russ Diamond for Lt. Governor in Pennsylvania. Diamond and Rohrer are not running on the same ticket, as elections will occur independently for both offices.
“The Maine RLC Board voted to make a donation from the Maine RLC Political Action Committee to the LePage campaign,” said Maine RLC Vice-Chair Vic Berardelli. LePage has an interesting background, having been born the oldest of 18 children to impoverished parents. He left home at age 11, when he was adopted after being on the streets. Olympia Snowe’s first husband persuaded a college to accept LePage despite his poor verbal skills at the time. LePage went on to graduate, obviously improving on his language skills, and opened several successful businesses. He currently serves as Mayor of Waterville, a Democrat stronghold, and has persuaded the council not to enact any tax increases.
LePage says he believes that Maine government must become smaller and more agile. He’d like to reform the state’s welfare system by placing greater emphasis on personal accountability. And apparently undaunted by the prospect of becoming a GOP governor who might very well have to work with majority Democrats in the Legislature, LePage says his experience as mayor of Waterville should give Mainers some idea of what they can expect from him as governor.
Pennsylvania does not have an active Republican Liberty Caucus affiliate. The national RLC Board of Directors endorsed State Representative Sam Rohrer for Governor in The Keystone State. This video outlines how Rohrer has tapped into the grassroots Tea Party and constitutionalist mood to run an uphill campaign for Governor.
Since his remarkable election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1992, Rohrer has been one of the leading voices for state government reform. His outspoken support for constitutional principles has been the hallmark of his public service. More than opposing negative public policies, Sam has been a champion for consensus-building public policy alternatives and solutions.
This year he led an effort to pass a 10th Amendment Resolution to challenge the expanded reach of the federal government in areas ranging from health care to education. He also has appeared on “Freedom Watch” with Judge Andrew Napolitano.
Rohrer will face the establishment favorite, Attorney General Tom Corbett, in his primary.