New Castle businessman challenges CarperKevin Wade holds campaign rally in Lewes
Lewes — Kevin Wade wants to change the way Delaware is represented in Washington, D.C. More than 60 Delaware residents gathered Jan. 12 to rally support for Wade, a Republican, in his run against Delaware’s U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, a Democrat who has never lost an election.
Wade said he is not concerned with Carper’s political career. “Tom Carper may be winning, but everyone in this room is losing,” Wade said as he glanced around the Sussex East clubhouse in Lewes.
Wade said career politicians such as Carper have stopped working for their constituents. “The people I work with have to do their job or they have to go,” Wade said. Wade founded Philadelphia Control Systems Inc., an engineering corporation based in Christiana, about 30 years ago, at age 29.
“Kevin doesn’t have to do this. He’s been very successful,” said Sussex County Republican Dan Anderson. “He’s doing this because he’s a patriot.”
Wade said politicians are to blame for the collapse of the U.S. economy. “We went from the wealthiest nation to an indebted nation,” he said. “We’re on our way to being a deadbeat nation.”
To fix the economy and create jobs, Wade said he would reduce regulation on privately owned businesses. “We have to get the government out of the job-creating business,” he said.
Wade also said he would promote oil drilling in the U.S. “We can’t have the treasure beneath our feet,” he said. “Let’s bring up the oil we have under our ground.”
Wade supports term limits, and he said he would sponsor a bill to limit the time elected officials can serve to prevent career politics. “I will serve two terms, and no more,” he said.
Wade said he opposes abortion rights. He and his wife, Gail Wade, adopted their only child. “That experience shaped and transformed our lives forever,” said Gail. “We value life.”
Wade also said he would support a balanced budget amendment, restructure the federal tax code and work to reduce the size of the Senate staff by 10 percent.
Rehoboth Beach resident Glen Urquhart snagged the Republican nomination over Wade and Michele Rollins in the 2010 race for U.S. Congress. At the rally, Urquhart said, “We couldn’t find anything to disagree on.”
Urquhart said the government needs business owners like him and Wade to incorporate their experience into politics. “I’m supporting Kevin with all my heart,” he said.
Urquhart, who plans to step down as chairman of Sussex County GOP on Monday, Feb. 13, is seeking the Republican nomination for Sussex County’s new Senate seat in the 2012 election. The new 6th Senate District will encompass Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Lewes and Milton.
Ernesto Lopez, who is running against Urquhart, also attended Wade’s campaign rally. Lopez works at University of Delaware with Gail Wade. “Kevin is a smart, capable and caring guy who’s going to be a great U.S. Senator,” Lopez said.
Sen. Colin Bonini, R-Dover South, spoke on behalf of Wade. “This is going to be a tough journey,” Bonini said. “I think that Kevin is going to shock the world.”
Small business owner Sylvia Nieser said the rising cost of gas and health insurance for her employees led her to support Wade. Nieser owns Coastal Coffee Works, a wholesale coffee distributor in Selbyville. “It’s a very big cost for us,” she said. “I’m hoping Kevin goes to the Senate to be a voice of reason for these issues.”
Others in the audience attested to Wade’s character. Mary Alice Clark said she and her husband, 35th District Republican Club Chairman John Clark, have known Wade for two years. “He’s honest; he’s charismatic; he’s knowledgeable; and we feel that he knows the issues and will do a great job,” she said.
“I’m just impressed with him; he’s a man of character,” said Mary Spicer, president of Delaware Federation of Republican Women. “He’s a man of integrity, and he says what he means, and I trust him,” Spicer said.
Joe Aronson, executive director of Delaware Democratic Party released a Jan. 10 statement about Wade’s plan to challenge Carper.
Aronson said, “Sen. Carper has proven to be a consistent voice for Delawareans in Washington, and we appreciate this opportunity to remind Delaware families why he is most fit to serve them.”