Former mayor and congressman Lou Barletta, leading Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, today announced the formal endorsement of the Columbia County Republican Committee. The Columbia GOP endorsement comes on the heels of several key endorsements Barletta has received in the last 48 hours including: Senate Pro Tempore and former gubernatorial candidate Jake Corman, former Congresswoman and gubernatorial candidate Melissa Hart, Congressman Fred Keller, former US Senator Rick Santorum, former governor Mark Schweiker, and former Lt. Governor Jim Cawley, amongst others.
"The best thing Republicans can do is rally behind one candidate who can both win the primary and beat Democrat Josh Shapiro," said Columbia County Republican Committee Chairman Joey Russo. "That’s Lou Barletta, hands down. We have a golden opportunity to win back the governor’s office but it will take a strong candidate with wide appeal to unite the party for the battle ahead. As the Columbia County Republican Committee, we endorse Lou Barletta for governor and encourage all Pennsylvania Republicans to join us.”