July 14th, 2009
02:54 PM ET
12 years ago

NRSC finally gives nod to Toomey

WASHINGTON (CNN) - By any measure, Pat Toomey's having a pretty good week.

On Monday, the Pennsylvania Republican learned that state senator Jane Orie wouldn't be challenging him in the GOP Senate primary next year – news that broke, coincidentally enough, the same day the former congressman's campaign announced a cash haul of $1.6 million for the quarter.

And today, the frontrunner got the nod from the National Republican Senatorial Committee. The NRSC resisted calls to endorse Toomey after Arlen Specter defected to the Democratic Party, as rumors swirled they were looking for a more moderate candidate to take on the incumbent. Last week, NRSC officials met with Orie – a visit they described as a courtesy call.

There's no hint of any reticence in today's statement, which pledges the NRSC's full support for Toomey's Senate bid. "Congressman Pat Toomey's life experience and public service make him uniquely qualified to serve Pennsylvanians in the U.S. Senate," NRSC chair John Cornyn said in a statement.

"…Congressman Toomey will help restore the checks and balances in Washington that Pennsylvanians deserve, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee will fully support his bid to become the next U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania."

Sen. Arlen Specter's campaign said Tuesday it raked in $1.73 million in the second quarter of this year, and had roughly $7.5 million in cash on hand.

The re-election campaign of potential Democratic primary challenger Rep. Joe Sestak reported Monday that it had raked in more than $1 million in the second quarter, with around $4.2 million cash on hand.

Filed under: NRSC • Pat Toomey • Pennsylvania
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The NRSC needs to bar Sen. Ensign from running for re-election.

    July 14, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. yuri

    Now Toomey, like a truck driver, can take a tough stand and win this senatorial election, like nobody has ever seen.

    July 14, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. donovan

    She has all the qualifications to be a Judge, and then some.
    The GOP can win only by doing the right thing, Vote to
    approve Sonia as Supreme Court Judge.

    However; knowing the GOP, them boyz just dont learn.

    July 14, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. johnnie

    SO WHAT CNN, who gives a hoot, how many times does it have to be said (CNN and GOP ARE FINISHED)

    July 14, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |