Daphne Goggins Keeps Endorsement — The strange vote tonight (Feb. 18) on whether to rescind the Philadelphia Republican Party’s endorsement of Daphne Goggins for mayor granted five days ago overwhelmingly went in favor of the North Philadelphia ward leader.
We were told the tally was 29 -17 to retain the endorsement.
We were also told that the party leadership is still plotting to replace her.
Fresh New Montco Republican Party Looms — Stan Cascio has let us know that 100 persons of varying political identities attended a soiree at his home to create a fresh new Republican Party of Montgomery County.
He says there were Tea Party conservatives, establishmentarians, two independents and one Democrat, whom he declined to name.
Among those in attendance were official GOP county head LIz Preate Harvey; the wonderful and influential Dom Giordano of WPHT; and county commissioner candidate Sean Gale, the brother of county commissioner and running mate Joe Gale .
Stan says everyone in the room agreed on 80 percent of things.
Stan says like-minded people — those who love freedom, hate corruption and lies, and recognize that rights are God-given — must unite else the neo-feudalists i.e. the New Democrat Socialist Party that holds that some animals are more equal than others will prevail.
Stan, who is running for county controller, said the county GOP has agreed to refrain from making endorsements this primary election.
Stan expressed disappointment about ads being run by the Gale brothers attacking the establishment.
“We must stop forming circular firing squads,” he said.
Stan had a great observation about border security and immigration vs illegal immigration.
“What if one one of the Democrats waiting to see Hamilton in Puerto Rico had someone butt in front of them in line?” he asked. “What would they do about it?”
Of course, we know the answer. Rules for thee but not for me.
Susan Jane Goldner Removed From Lower Gwynedd Post — Susan Jane Goldner had her hearing, Dec. 8 before the Montgomery County Republican Party’s Ministry of Justice. It lasted 20 minutes and, as expected, ended with her being kangarooed from her post as Lower Gwynedd committeewoman.
Committeewoman is an elected position and she has held her post for five years. That means voters picked her twice.
“It is a sad day when a committeeperson like me gets removed in such a manner,” she said. “I will never apologize for being a hardline conservative and to think anyone can cast blame on me for why the moderate candidates lost so badly in this County is absurd.”
Ms. Goldner’s sins were Facebook posts criticizing — mildly, even constructively — Republican candidates last summer, and agreeing with a position held by a Libertarian candidate.
What she was saying was no different than what many (most) of the regular Republican voters were saying about this year’s Pennsylvania GOP field — and the strange lack of support for them by the party establishment.
Ms. Goldner said she was not allowed to present a complete defense and the tribunal rejected a request for continuances made by two different lawyers.
Still, she says it may all be for the best.
“(I’m) glad I stood up to them after five years of watching shenanigans go down in this God-forsaken local GOP defunct party. They are why decent people stay out of politics.”
Questions for the geniuses that run the Montco Republican Party: Do you have someone to replace her? Do you understand that political parties depend on popularity which means the broadest base possible? What exactly has Ms. Goldner wrote that is not different than what is expressed by many (most) of the voters whose support you seek each November?
Montco GOP Purging Citizen Advocates — The feckless, reckless Montgomery County Republican Party is speeding their spiral into oblivion by chasing away citizen advocates who threaten the privileges of party loyalists who loyally support raids on the public treasury even when the raids harvest a lower net than senior partner, co-conspiring Democrats.
The latest purge victim is Susan Jane Goldner, who has been elected to her precinct committee post in Lower Gwynedd since 2013. Ms. Goldner is accused of violating party bylaws for sharing an Americans for Prosperity Facebook post criticizing a vote by Congressman and GOP Senate candidate Lou Barletta that massively hiked spending. She also allegedly committed the sins of expressing support on Facebook for a position by Libertarian Senate candidate Dale Kerns who wants to stop making drug addicts criminals; and giving constructive criticism on Facebook concerning the stalled campaign of 4th District Congressional candidate Dan David, who would crash and burn in his race to socialist Madeleine Dean.
Ms. Goldner has been summoned by GOP Chairwoman Elizabeth Preate Havey to appear before a disciplinary hearing on Dec. 8 where a kangaroo court is expected to remove her. She was given the bare minimum amount of time — five business days — to prepare her defense.
Ms. Goldner has said at least three fellow citizen activists –people interested in serving their neighbors not getting a job on the public payroll — have been pushed to quit since May.
This is a strong sign that the Montco political establishment is far more interested in being a fat junior partner than in governance.
Lamar Smith Swirls To Retirement — Sometimes it seems as though the swamp isn’t draining but it is. Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Tx21), chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, has announced that he won’t be seeking re-election after 16 terms in office.
For some of Smith’s (not-so) great accomplishments that we have recorded on these pages click here and here.
Deedra Abboud Defended By Sen. Flake — Bob Small of Swarthmore has let us know that Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake has come to bat for possible Democrat opponent Deedra Abboud, who is Muslim.
Hang in there @deedra2018. Sorry you have to put up with this. Lots of wonderful people across AZ. You’ll find them. Flake tweeted, after Ms. Abboud was subjected to vile and vicious attacks on Facebook.
Good for Flake. Societies must maintain, even impose, their values and two of the values intrinsic to America is that hating your opponents is bad and that one must never fight — as in kill/harm/maim/threaten — about theology.
It’s why Sharia law is incompatible with America. Hopefully, Ms. Abboud understands that.
State GOP Chairman Fight National News? — We are hearing national media have become interested in the looming fight to chair the Pennsylvania State Republican Party.
The leading candidates are Chesco GOP Chairman Val DiGiorgio — who is the pick of the business-as-usual types — and respected attorney Lawrence Tabas who is the general counsel of the state Republican Party.
The decision will be be made by members of the Republican State Committee on Feb. 4. Every county chairman is automatically a member of the committee with the rest being elected to four year terms during a municipal — i.e. low turnout — party primary.
House GOP Guts Oversight — Chalk this up under why it is OK to hate Republicans too.
In a bizarre tone-deaf move, the GOP controlled Congress will vote today Jan. 3, on whether to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics. It will be one of the first acts in the new reign of Republican power in D.C.
Way to prioritize.
An amendment by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va6) passed the GOP caucus, yesterday that will change the body’s name to Office of Congressional Complaint Review, strip it of its independence, block it from investigating any wrongdoing that occurred prior to 2011, and prevent it from releasing its findings to the public, without the authorization of the House Committee on Ethics. It would also prevent the panel from alerting law enforcement to criminal activity without the approval of the House committee.
What are these people thinking? In the eight years, it has been in existence it has unveiled shady doings by pols including powerful Dems Charles Rangle and Maxine Waters.
Congratulations Goodlatte, you are making Nancy Pelosi look good, a frankly amazing feat.