2010-04-22 / Local & State

Pat Toomey To Visit Here

County Republicans to host U.S. Senate candidate’s visit
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Pat Toomey Pat Toomey Pat Toomey, a Republican contender for U.S. Senate during the upcoming spring election, will be making a stop in Fulton County this week to meet and greet local residents and briefly speak about his candidacy.

The 48-year-old politician and former president of the Club for Growth launched his U.S. Senate campaign a year ago in hopes of securing the Republican Party’s nomination during Pennsylvania’s spring primary set for May 18. Top Democratic challengers at this time include incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter and Congressman Joe Sestak.

Toomey’s last attempt to secure the Republican Party’s nomination for U.S. Senate dates back to 2004. Specter, who was still a Republican at the time, defeated Toomey during the spring primary by a 1.7 percent margin.

Toomey followed up the marginal loss by taking over as president of Club for Growth in January 2005. The Club for Growth focuses on a variety of issues such as limited governmental control, free enterprise and was one of Toomey’s largest financial supporters during his 2004 election campaign.

In addition to his four-year stint as head of Club for Growth, Toomey also boasts three consecutive terms of office between 1999 and 2005 with the 15th Congressional District of the U.S. House of Representatives. During that time, Toomey was touted as being “one of Congress’s leading advocates for limited government and personal freedom” and spearheaded efforts to expand tax cuts and reduce wasteful spending.

Toomey, a native of Rhode Island, is a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in political science. He and his wife, Kris, currently reside in Zionsville, Pa., and are the parents of two children, Bridget and Patrick Jr.

Toomey’s visit in Fulton County is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, in the community room of the Fulton County Library. Cookies and punch will be served by the Fulton County Council of Republican Women.

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