State Rep. Rod E. Wilt, in a stunning announcement, has decided to withdraw his name from nomination for re-election in the November general election. The veteran legislator will fulfill the rest of his term, which ends on Nov. 30.
NEWS FLASH: I spoke with a representative from his office who noted that "[Wilt] is stepping down to spend more time with his family."
I got the chance to speak to Wilt this afternoon. He noted, "I've got ten years in (the legislature). It's time to move on." He reiterated his desire to shift his priorities and spend more time with his family. He also stated that he was fortunate to serve. Wilt said that he hopes to work to see another conservative take his place.
Wilt has been one of the staunch conservatives in the state legislature. He routinely aligns his votes with Dick Stevenson and Daryl Metcalfe to keep spending low and liberties unassailed.
Wilt represents the 17th District, covering parts of Crawford, Lawrence, and Mercer Counties. There was no news of his departure listed on his Web site.
Wilt has consistently earned high scores on the Commonwealth Foundation Liberty Index. On the most recent report card, Wilt placed seventh, earning an “A” for his score of 88.05. Metcalfe placed first with a 93.23 and Stevenson was ninth with a 77.62.
Most recently, Wilt has stepped forward to support the Marriage Protection Amendment, and he has called upon Governor Rendell to hire more PA State Troopers.
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