In the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, polls show voters don't know the candidates' names, let alone their positions on issues or qualifications for office.
None of the party's better-known politicians even tried for a chance to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, perhaps remembering that Casey ousted Republican former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum by 17 points in 2006.
In the Republican primary field of five, the two most credible candidates are largely self-funded millionaires: Steve Welch and Tom Smith. STEVE WELCH, however, is a better fit to carry the party's flag.
Welch, 35, of Malvern, is an entrepreneur whose ideas fly like sparks off an anvil. He has the potential to bring some fresh and creative thinking to the campaign trail and, maybe, Washington. He speaks with the wisdom of a man who has actually started businesses from scratch, and has the humility to admit he made mistakes on the way to his considerable fortune.