The PAGOP and NRSC are flirting with him because Gerlach regularly wins re-election as a Republican in D +2 districts. They forget, however, that Pat Toomey did the same – and with larger margins.
In fact, in 2002, the year Toomey and Gerlach were both on the ballot in D +2, Toomey got 57.4% of the vote and Gerlach got 51% of the vote. Toomey did so without selling out his conservative values. Not so with Gerlach.
In fact, and this is key, Gerlach actually has a more liberal voting record on issues Pennsylanians care about than Arlen Specter. If Specter cannot get out of a Republican primary, how on earth could Gerlach? The answer is he can’t.
Consider these issues:
- Gerlach voted for the Medicare Prescription Drug Act.
- He voted for the Bridge to Nowhere.
- He voted to allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to continue borrowing money from the Treasury.
- He voted for the mortgage bailout program.
- He voted for TARP
- He voted against the right of workers to cast a secret ballot for unionization.
- He voted against drilling in ANWR.
- He voted against the same-sex marriage ban.
- He voted against lifting the moratorium on natural gas production.