Andy Reilly Voting Tabas — The always perceptive Lois Kaneshiki has posted the below letter from Andy Reilly at the Pennsylvania Precinct Project. Reilly chairs the Southeast PA Republican Caucus. The takeaway line is “And my conscience tells me that Lawrence Tabas is the right choice for Party Chair.”
Here is his letter:
Fellow Republican State Committee Members,
As Chair of the Southeast Caucus, I can assure you that both Lawrence Tabas and Bernie Comfort enjoy strong support from our members. This comes as no surprise. Both Lawrence and Bernie have been committed to our party for years and I’m proud to call them both my friends.
As the vote nears for the election of a new chair of our state party, some members have asked me for my advice. Here’s what I’ve told them:
Vote your conscience.
Voting one’s conscience means just what it says. It’s not about power plays or Washington politics or satisfying outside interests. State parties should be run at the local level.
When it comes to Immigration, China, and picks for the United States Supreme Court, I happily stand with the Trump team. I’m ready to go into 2020 fighting for the principles and vision of Donald Trump.
But when choosing a local party leader, especially when we have two well-known candidates, my reply is “thank you, but I’m voting my conscience.”
And my conscience tells me that Lawrence Tabas is the right choice for Party Chair.
It disappoints me that someone has invited the Trump team into a contentious, local matter. It’s a no-win proposition for our President.
Either candidate will work hard for the President’s re-election. The use of the Trump team and family members demonstrates a lack of regard for their political welfare and jeopardizes the Trump coalition that made us successful in 2016.
This vote is a matter of conscience. And that duty resides solely with the men and women from across this state who believe in Republican principles.
Trump Delegate to 2016 Republican National Convention
Member of 2016 Electoral College – Pennsylvania
Chairman of Southeast PA Republican Caucus