Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Rep. Rick Taylor faces challenge from Montco assistant DA

Although the party has several state House seats to defend this year, Montgomery County Republicans have an opportunity to knock off a weak Democratic state lawmaker in Rep. Rick Taylor.

The Doylestown Intelligencer is reporting that Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Todd Stephens will run for the 151st House District seat held by Democrat Rick Taylor.

Not sure why a Bucks County newspaper is interested in Montgomery County, but that's another story.

Stephens, 36, of Horsham, told a gathering of supporters that he's the right man for the job: "I help people now, but I help them one person at a time," Stephens was quoted on the Intelligencer. "In Harrisburg, I can do more."

His law-and-order background would come in handy in Harrisburg, Stephens told his supporters.

"I've been enforcing the law for seven years. I certainly think I'm adequately prepared to help write them," the newspaper reported.

Rep. Taylor was in the right place at the right time in 2006 when he knocked off incumbent Republican Eugene McGill, who refused to drop out of the race despite the urging of Republican officials who thought McGill had too much baggage to run for re-election.

Taylor takes his marching orders from the party bosses in Harrisburg and has failed to deliver on his 2006 campaign promises.

Republicans are confident they can take back the 151st District seat, which covers Ambler and parts of Horsham, Montgomery Township, Lower Gwynedd, Upper Dublin and Abington.

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