Gerlach Running for Re-Election With NRCC’s Backing

Posted January 8, 2010 at 10:17am

Less than 24 hours after Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) dropped out of the race for governor, the four-term Republican will announce today that he will instead run for re-election to his House seat.

According to a source familiar with Gerlach’s decision, the Congressman is expected to announce he will run for re-election Friday at noon. The same source also confirmed that Gerlach will almost immediately receive the backing of the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Gerlach announced last summer that he was running for governor, leaving his highly competitive southeastern Pennsylvania House seat up for grabs. Republicans lured businessman Steve Welch to run for the GOP nomination. Welch was originally running for the neighboring open seat being vacated by Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), but strategists convinced him to switch races in order to avoid a competitive primary with former U.S. Attorney Pat Meehan (R), also a former candidate for governor in Pennsylvania.