LIMERICK PA – Limerick (PA) Township‘s four-term congressman, Rep. James Gerlach,  made it official Tuesday (July 14, 2009): he says he’ll run for governor, and in the process give up his House seat.

A press release issued by his campaign staff Tuesday (July 14, 2009) said in part:

“Jim Gerlach, a western Pennsylvania native and four-term United States Congressman from Chester County, will run for the Republican nomination for Governor of Pennsylvania next spring. Gerlach is the only Republican to formally declare his candidacy for Governor.

“The economic challenges Pennsylvania faces over the coming years demand proven, fiscally conservative leadership, and a successful record of dealing with a wide-range of tough issues. From cutting state spending, income taxes and welfare rolls, I have been on the front lines for years fighting for smaller government and greater efficiency in Harrisburg and Washington. Our next Governor must employ those values and put them to work in Harrisburg, and make Pennsylvania a competitive place to do business so we can create jobs and put families back to work. It’s that simple,” said Gerlach.”

Here’s how the story was played today (July 15, 2009) by other area and state media. These particular reports have been selected because each offers a slightly different look at what the announcement means, or offers facts others omit:

Gerlach declares GOP run for governor (The Inquirer, Philadelphia PA)
Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach, survivor of several epic election battles in the Philadelphia suburbs, will give up his hard-won seat to run next year for governor of Pennsylvania.

U.S. Rep. Gerlach To Seek GOP’s Nod For PA Governor (WFMZ-TV Channel 69, Allentown PA)
The race for Pennsylvania governor is heating up. Some big names are lining up on the Republican side, hoping to win back the state’s highest office. The latest is Congressman Jim Gerlach. (Includes video).

Gerlach to run for Pa. governor (WPVI-TV Channel 6, Philadelphia PA)
U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach said Tuesday he will run for governor, as the fourth-term congressman from suburban Philadelphia became the first of three Republican candidates who are anticipated to run in 2010.

Gerlach announces bid for GOP nomination for governor (Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh PA)
U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach, R-Chester, is the first Republican officially out of the starting blocks in the race for the 2010 GOP nomination for governor.

In addition, these opinionated posts from mostly conservative blogs that are distributed by Pennsylvania Blog Net News (BNN) were available this morning and yesterday:

The Sanatoga Post, a companion publication to The Limerick Post, is a media member of BNN.