State Rep. Steve Barrar supports Donald Trump
Delco rep wants to stress defense, veterans’ issues
State Rep. Stephen Barrar, R-160, of Upper Chichester, formally endorsed Donald J. Trump.
Surrounded by an audience of veterans, state Rep. Stephen Barrar, R-160, of Upper Chichester, was joined Monday afternoon by 52 members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives at a news conference to formally endorse Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump.
The endorsement comes on the heels of U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan, R-7, of Chadds Ford, stating that he will not support Trump, but rather, will cast a write-in vote for Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Meehan is the first known Republican member of the Pennsylvania delegation to publicly state he would not support Trump.
Meehan is facing Democrat Mary Ellen Balchunis, a resident of the Ardmore section of Haverford, in the Nov. 8 election.
Meanwhile, Pennsylvania’s incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, in a tight race for re-election against Chester County Democrat Katie McGinty, has been noncommittal when it comes to Trump. Toomey, a Lehigh County Republican, denounced Trump’s comments about women on a decade-old “Access Hollywood” video as crude and offensive, but will not say if he will or will not vote for the New York billionaire. Libertarian Edward Clifford III of Marple is also a candidate in the U.S. Senate race.
Barrar and his fellow legislators stood inside the Capitol building in Harrisburg and pledged support for Trump. The Delco representative said a better job must be done at the federal level to help veterans, adding that he wants a leader who will make national security a top priority and who will have the “backs” of the military.
“Donald Trump has talked about his plans for the veterans and military and I trust him to keep his word,” said Barrar, who faces Independent David Cleary of Concord in the upcoming election. “You can hear in his heart that he is a man who holds veterans in high esteem speaking with passion and always prais-
Rep. Steve Barrar