pa2010.com is reporting that Sam Rohrer is going to throw his hat into the GOP primary for Governor. I am a big fan of Rep. Rohrer. He is the sponsor of the Pennsylvania Firearms Freedom Act, and stands up for the 10th Amendment.Â I can’t help but admire a state rep willing to give the proverbial middle finger toward Washington, even if it’s a relatively symbolic one.
But as much as I might want to see him make the big leap someday, trying it from State Representative is a bit too ambitious, historically, for I have to go back to 1858 before I can find someone who went from State Representative to Governor, and he was a Speaker of the House at that.
So I want to encourage Rep. Rohrer to think about a better position from which to make the great leap:
- State Senator
- US Congressman
- Federal Appointed High Office
- Civil War General
We regret that the last option is likely closed to Representative Rohrer, but Pennsylvania elected no less than three consecutive Civil War Generals to that high office, one of which later went on to become a territorial Governor of Kansas, and then the first Mayor of San Francisco. Talk about an eclectic political career.
Of course, if Civil War general is a great ticket to the Governor’s Mansion, it makes me question how serious Rohrer is about State Sovereignty and the Tenth Amendment. You know, Sam, we could always have another go at it. How would you look in epaulets?
I suppose State Senate, or even Congress, is probably an easier path to executive state office, but if you want to think about raising up a Grand Army of the Susquehanna, and storming down to the Potomac, give me a call. We’ll do lunch. Congress is an overrated stepping stone anyway.