Burns is the second possible Senate candidate to surface this month - Politico reported last week
that former congressional candidate Steve Welch
, himself a wealthy former business owner from outside of Philadelphia, is also contemplating a campaign. Both men's interest is a sign Pennsylvania Republicans might finally find a credible opponent to Casey after struggling for nearly a year to attract a candidate. Pennsylvania Reps. Jim Gerlach
, Charlie Dent
, and Tim Murphy
and state Sen. Jake Corman each passed on a campaign, leaving many in-state GOP insiders to question if the party would find a challenger with any kind of chance of defeating Casey.
, a former aide to former Sen. Rick Santorum
, R-Pa., who casts himself as the tea party candidate of choice, is already seeking the GOP nomination.