Fattah, a Democrat, represented from 1995 until June 23 Pennsylvania’s 2nd District. This consists of large swaths of Philly along with Lower Merion in Montco.
U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III called Fattah actions “astonishing” which frankly deserves an LOL. Still, the sentence he passed might be the longest ever imposed on a member of Congress for federal corruption crimes so kudos for being astonished.
Fattah got a $174,000 congressional salary and associated perks, along with his bribes.
Josh Shapiro (Democrat), the political boss of Montgomery County and Pennsylvania’s next attorney general, is counsel at Stradley Ronon.
Val DiGiorgio (Republican), the political boss of Chester County and among the leading candidates for chairman of the state Republican Party, runs Stradley Ronon’s banking and public finance sections. He includes Government and Public Affairs as part of his “focus”.
No matter how many 10-year sentences our hacks get, Pennsylvania will never be clean until places like Stradley Ronon are sent to the dustbin.
Val DiGiorgio Chairman Quest Takes Flak — Chester County GOP boss Val DiGiorgio’s is getting flak over his plan to take over the chairmanship of the state party. A PoliticsPa.com story by managing editor Nick Field on Val’s quest notes that ChesCo is one of the few areas in Pennsylvania where Republicans are losing ground.
Comments note that his wife works for Montgomery County Democrat boss and (our next attorney general) Josh Shapiro and question his rather strange candidate choices.
Val DiGiorgio Fails GOP In Chesco — Chester County GOP boss Val DiGiorgio is reputedly next in line as state party chairman. Hopefully, his fellow Republicans consider Chesco’s performance Nov. 8 before making it official.
Donald Trump lost the county, which Mitt Romney won in 2012, by 25,000 votes. The party pointedly avoided backing Trump.
Congressional candidate and Lloyd Smucker lost the conservative part of the county that is part of the 16th congressional district by more than 4,000 votes. Smucker was not supported by the GOP activists there whom DiGiorgio had alienated.
While Smucker’s margin in Lancaster County was more than enough to carry him to victory, that he lost an area he should have won big speaks ill of those running things.
Dan Truitt won re-election to his 156th District State House seat by less than 80 votes in a strong Republican year. (UPDATE: He lost by 25 votes. Way to go Val.) Jack London lost the 19th District state senate seat, despite much pre-election braggadocio by DiGiorgio, and spending huge amounts of resources.
DiGiorgio has picked puzzling fights with many of the county’s most staunch Republicans causing what appears to be permanent divisions. The only motive we can figure is to avoid scrutiny by those most concerned about good government to maximize patronage opportunities.
He will be a disaster for the party if he becomes state chairman.
Richard Ireland Backed Chesco Purge Attempt — Rob McCord was Pennsylvania’s treasurer when his political career ignominiously ended Jan. 30, 2015 upon pleading guilty to federal extortion charges. He is a Democrat.
Chester County businessman Richard W. Ireland is implicated as his money man. Ireland, 79, was charged in July with federal bribery charges. Ireland is a Republican.
The feds say Ireland used straw charities to shovel more than a half-million dollars to McCord starting in 2009 when McCord ran for state treasurer. This money includes contributions for McCord’s failed gubernatorial bid in 2014. In return, the feds say, McCord invested state funds with Ireland’s clients for which Ireland got a finders fee. These finders fees ultimately netted Ireland $10 million say the feds.
Wouldn’t it have been better if the $10 million stayed with the state?
Our suggestion for Tuesday has been “just vote R“. Maybe those in the 6th District should make an exception. A black eye for Chesco GOP Chairman Val DiGiorgio might keep him from being the next state party chairman.
In Delco, though we are voting straight R. We want Trump, we want Toomey and we want Alex Charlton. John Rafferty is running in the attorney general race against Josh Shaprio who is Val’s buddy which makes that an easy call.
And we can tolerate Pat Meehan at least for another couple of years.
Chesco Cronyists Praised By Politico — The cronyist website Politico has a pompous bit of punditry concerning Chester County, Pa. and how Donald Trump is doomed, doomed, doomed because cronyist Republican Congressman Ryan Costello represents much of it.
If anti-cronyists learn to start thinking strategically they might start winning. There are certain Democrats with whom they might be wise to start a dialogue. If the party powers get wind that voters (and activists) whom they have taken for granted are negotiating with the other side — and the other side becomes aware that they might be willing to back them with a little give and take — guys like Costello might behave a little better when legislating.
It should be remembered that DiGirogio is more than happy to work with Dems as is Costello, obviously.
What Costello, and DiGirogio and Shapiro have in common is that self-interest is paramount. What conservative activists might find they have in common with some Dems is that the public good comes first although they may have different ways of achieving this shared goal.
Really, ask DiGirogio — or Shapiro — to defend having working people cover $400,000 public pensions. What proves the point is that they will.
Think he knew Val DiGiorgio? Val is the Chester County Republican Party chairman who chairs Stradley Ronon’s banking and public finance sections and includes Government and Public Affairs as part of his “focus”.
Donna Ellingsen Thank You — Donna Ellingsen, the independent-thinking Chester County committeewoman who the party powers tried to remove this winter, overwhelmingly won re-election to her post on April 26.
She has sent out the below heart-felt thank you to her many supporters.
Dear Neighbors and Friends,
In last Tuesday’s Primary Election, I was re-elected as Republican Committeewoman in Elk township by a vote of 195 to 119 votes. Here is the unofficial report.
I had the distinction of being the only Committee person in Southern Chester County to have a challenger run against me. Nevertheless, with your help, I easily won re-election to the Republican Committeewoman spot. Even though I was personally unable to visit everyone as usual this time, voter turnout in Elk Twp was the highest in all of our Area 19 at an unprecedented 61.9% of all registered township Republicans.
Thank you to all those who came out to vote, inquired about the state of affairs with the GOP HQ, and offered help in whatever is needed. Your prayers and support are a blessing to me.
Gratefully, Donna Ellingsen
P.S.: In case you missed it here are the links to:
My most recent April 12th radio interview; starting at the 1:01 mark
Copy of the letter received from GOP outlining their terms of the special hearing, apparently held without our participation
WFYL Airs Chesco Controversy — Donna Ellingsen and Jaime Cox discussed Chester County matters on April 12 on Kim Kennedy’s excellent It’s A New Day program on WFYL 1180 AM.
Other guests included BillLawrencOnline.com, John Haenn of the Delaware County Patriots, and Calvin Tucker of the Philadelphia Black Republican Council. Tucker is on the ballot in Pennsylvania’s 2nd District as a presidential delegate and explained the process at which he will use to make a decision on which candidate to pick as the nominee.
National hosts carried by WFYL include Laura Ingraham, Sam Rohrer, Dana Loesch and Phil Valentine.
Chesco Conservatives Reject Inquisitors’ Demands — The grassroots constitutionalists have rejected the demands of the Chester County Republican Inquisition to appear before it this evening, April 14.
The Inquisition against the grassroots leadership of Area 19 was initially convened for Jan. 11. Committeepeople Jane Ladley, who chairs the district, Tom Ferro, Donna Ellingsen and Steve Mobley were accused of violating party bylaws and of not backing the left-leaning, big-government, Establishment-supported picks in the last municipal election.
Well, unfortunate light began to be shed on the various connections and histories of those seeking the purge. So delays began happening.
Eventually, the charges were withdrawn against Ferro and Mrs. Ladley.
Still facing the dock, though, were Mrs. Ellingsen and Mobley, and they were told to schedule time for a hearing in March. They suggested three dates. No can do said the party bosses who set dates in late March which the grassroots constitutionalists could not attend.
On April 10, in response to many inquiries, Mrs. Ellingsen sent an email update noting dates had been offered but they were awaiting confirmation that the hearing would be open to the public as per their request.
Did that get a response.
The GOP bosses immediately set the date for April 14 without confirming the schedules of the accused.
Mobley is going to be out of state that day on a previously planned trip.
But the scheduling is not the big issue.
The big issue is that the hearing be open to the public. The party says no.
The party also warned them that they be strictly limited in the matters they could raise in their case and this would be judged by Joel Frank, the lawyer to county GOP Chairman Val DiGiorgio. This means that instances in which party favorites did similar things without controversy or sanction would be kept from being aired.
In lieu of this, the accused do not believe the party leadership is interested in healing rifts that have developed and further don’t believe party leadership has any intention of allowing a fair hearing.
“Since no agreement has been reached and one of the parties is unavailable, it appears there is no hearing tonight,” said Mrs. Ellingsen.
Mrs. Ellingsen is on the ballot for the April 26 primary election.
“By mere coincidence, I am the only committeewoman in Area 19 with a challenger,” she said. “The challenger is someone who has been politically uninvolved until now and sympathetic to the GOP Establishment views. “