A lifetime Pennsylvanian and prominent businessman will announce Monday that he will seek the Senate seat held by Democrat Bob Casey in the 2018 mid-term election.
Jeffrey A. Bartos is the president of ESB Holdings LLC, a commercial and residential real estate management and development company, and has also worked in the energy sector.
Bartos told Breitbart News that Casey has forgotten the plight of his fellow Pennsylvanians regarding a wide range of issues, including fighting for their economic security.
“We need a fresh face. We need an outsider. We need a business person to go down to Washington to tackle the reforms, to tackle the challenges and fight for Pennsylvania’s industries, to fight for Pennsylvania’s jobs and the welfare of all Pennsylvanians,” Bartos said, noting the Casey is a “career politician,” who has been a state and federal legislator for decades.
“It’s a shame to say it, but Bob Casey has left Pennsylvania behind,” Bartos said.
Bartos discussed a wide range of issues with Breitbart News, including the need to repeal and replace Obamacare, which he said puts the important and personal decisions about health care in the hands of the federal government, insurance companies, and employers.
“We need a patient-centered, free market healthcare system that returns power to patients and doctors to make the most critical decisions about their well-being,” Bartos said, adding that Casey was the deciding vote on passing Obama’s healthcare law.
Bartos said Casey also voted for the failed effort in 2013 to provide amnesty to the estimated 11 million people who are in the United States illegally through the so-called “Gang of 8” legislation. Casey also supports sanctuary cities, including the status of Pennsylvania’s capital city of Harrisburg having that status.
Bartos said he would work not only to secure the border, end sanctuary cities, and deport criminal aliens, but he also wants to see reforms to the VISA system.
“We need to do VISA reform,” Bartos said, including determining “who we admit into this country to reflect the needs of our economy.”
Bartos also opposes the Iran nuclear deal brokered by Obama and the United Nations that Casey supported, calling it “disastrous” not only for the United States, but for our “closest ally” Israel.
Any deal with Iran, Bartos said, should be in the form of a treaty to allow the Senate to “advise and consent” on any such agreement as required by the Constitution.
Bartos said he shares the view of many others who believe the agreement “paved the way for Iran to have a nuclear weapon.”
He also said he believes that if elected, he can help shape policies that would benefit the country and Pennsylvania.
“Bob Casey has put our country at risk,” Bartos said. “We can’t afford another six years of this dangerous and disastrous status quo.”
“No more career politicians ignoring the Americans they’re supposed to represent,” Bartos said. “It’s time to send in a tenacious outsider to shake up Washington and put our families first.”
And, Bartos said, he will put his criticism of career politicians into practice by only serving two terms as a U.S. senator.
“I believe in term limits,” Bartos said.