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Former Steeler receives warm welcome from area GOP

By Patrick Shuster
LEADER TIMES
Wednesday, August 31, 2005

EAST FRANKLIN — Former Pittsburgh Steeler wide receiver Lynn Swann told more than 100 supporters that he’s on the path to possibly becoming the next governor of Pennsylvania.
Swann, a conservative, said he’s touring the state, meeting with people and listening to questions and issues, in an attempt to gather information needed to announce his campaign for the state’s top spot in 2006.

“I’m hearing that the people are not happy with the current leadership in areas such as education, tax reform and job creation,” Swann said. “It seems as if the government and the people are not on the same page.”

Swann used the analogy of a four-time Super Bowl championship football team to illustrate his vision of what the governor and government should be.

“You have people from all walks of life,” he said, “big cities and small towns, different religions, all working together toward a common goal.”

“You must respect one another’s differences and develop good, long-term goals that benefit the entire state, not just specific areas and individuals,” he said. “That is how you win Super Bowls and that is how to change and move the state forward.”

Swann said he made no decision on whether or not he will seek a place on the May primary ballot, but said he will continue to gather support as he travels around the state.

Last night’s event, sponsored by the county Republican committee, was the second of three events in which GOP candidates had the opportunity to speak to county residents.

County Chairwoman Velma Simmers said the committee heard from former Lt. Governor Bill Scranton at a picnic last month and will hear from state Senator Jeff Piccola of Dauphin County in October.

“The party wants everyone to have a chance to meet the candidates and get to know them and what they stand for before we decided who we should nominate,” she said. “Sometimes you think you know a candidate, but once you meet them, you feel differently.”

Patrick Shuster can be reached at pshuster@tribweb.com or 724-543-1303 Ext. 237."

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