U.S. Representative Mike Kelly, of Butler, will not be mounting a campaign for governor but he is still deciding about throwing his hat into the ring for the U.S. Senate.
According to a statement released Friday by Kelly’s office, the Republican Representative reached out to the candidates who have already declared for the governor’s race to tell them that he “will not be pursuing the GOP nomination for that race.” Kelly went on to say that he believes the party has a “promising field of strong candidates” who will be able to provide new leadership in Harrisburg.
However, Kelly also said he plans to give “serious consideration in the months ahead” to a campaign for the GOP nomination for next year’s U.S. Senate race. About current U.S. Senator Democrat Bob Casey, Kelly pointed to his “far-left pandering…along with his paper-thin record of accomplishments…have made him a disappointing representative” of the state.
An official announcement from Kelly about a U.S. Senate run is expected later this summer.
Written By: Ryan Saeler