The former MontCo Chair Vereb, who resigned to take a cushy position created for him under our very progressive liberal state Attorney General Josh Shapiro in ‘15 (year we lost every row office) is allowed to get away with slander and libel against a sitting incumbent Republican Joe Gale running for re-election for County Commissioner and I’m not allowed to critique candidates up for office as a Committeewoman? Got it. But I suppose I’m not allowed to screenshot THEIR posts…
See what’s going on, folks?
The “protection of women” statement by Vereb is remarkable considering I was physically assaulted by one top party leader at the last party convention in May ‘18, called derogatory names as well by the same sleazebag, then five months later told to “shut my stupid mouth” by my State Rep’s husband who also sat on my committee for questioning legislation. Both of these men are in their late years and are why we’re in the God-awful situation we’re in. There is no such thing as protection of women in PA politics that I’ve ever known of.
Vote Joe Gale is certainly not the problem.
The greasy old men in the GOP are the problem, along with the fact that the swamp can’t simply disagree and agree to let the people decide. They have to resort to blackmail, intimidation, and extortion to remove candidates and committeepeople they don’t want. And the women who do not stand up for other women when they witness verbal, sexual, physical assaults are right there beside them.
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.
Montco Justice Center Cost Wildly Out Of Control — Joe Gale noted at the Dec. 13 meeting of the Montgomery County Commissioners that the cost for the new justice center will likely hit $406 million when an expected project-labor agreement is approved by the Democrat majority.
The cost is now estimated at $364 million. It was estimated at $220 million last year.
Gale, who is the mandated Republican minority representative, noted that neighboring Bucks County is building a nine-story justice center that was initially budgeted for $94 million albeit cost overrides increased it by $20 million.
He noted that new state-of-the-art Einstein Medical Center was built for $350 million.
He said he is not voting for the county budget because of this.
Thank God people like Gale have gotten involved in politics. In a sane world, $219 million would be more than enough to fix things. Way more than enough. See Bucks County.
When people don’t have to spend their own money there is never a reason to say no, especially when those upon who the money is being spent are friends and contributors to those voting to do the spending.
The video below includes Gale’s comments along with a rebuttal from President Judge Thomas M. Del Ricci defending the increased spending.
For some reason, though the judge does not explain the need for a project labor agreement that adds $40 million to the already inflated cost.
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.
The proposed Montgomery County budget for 2019 includes an unacceptable increase in funding for the Courthouse Campus project in Norristown. This initiative was originally estimated to cost a sizable $281 million but has suddenly risen to a shocking $406 million. That is a jump of $125 million, or 44 percent, for a plan that is already the most expensive capital improvement project in County history.
To make matters worse, I have received letters from politicians including Senator Bob Casey, Governor Tom Wolf and State Representatives Matt Bradford and Mary Jo Daley, as well as notes from various labor and trade unions, pushing me to vote ‘Yes’ on the enactment of a Project Labor Agreement (“PLA”).
Doing so would mandate the use of union labor, thereby excluding 80 percent of otherwise qualified construction firms from participating in the bidding process.
Across the board, PLAs reduce competition and grow construction costs by an average of 20 percent. In this case, that means the Courthouse Campus project could balloon by an additional $80-100 million and reach a total expenditure of half a billion dollars!
Despite vast pressure from political insiders, I will not pander to lobbyists and special interest groups at the expense of Montgomery County taxpayers.
Therefore, I have asked my fellow County Commissioners for common-sense compromise to prevent the already bloated cost of the Courthouse Campus project from further spiraling out of control.
If my fellow Commissioners join me in rejecting a reckless PLA and agree to scale back the Courthouse Campus project to the initial cost of $281 million, I will vote in support of the proposed 2019 Budget to help give the residents, families and businesses of Montgomery County a bi-partisan victory.
Joe Gale Our Time Guest — Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale will be John Haenn’s guest on Monday’s (Dec. 3) edition of Our Time on WFYL. It airs 8:30 a.m. and can be heard over the air at 1180 AM or on the web at the station’s website.
Topics include the state of the Republican Party in Pennsylvania and Gale’s re-election campaign.
Also appearing will be Bill Lawrence of BillLawrenceOnline.com.
Joe Gale Lieutenant Governor — Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale announced minutes ago on the Dom Giordano Show that he will be running for lieutenant governor.
Gale is a Republican. The primary election is May 15.
He says his goal is to end the culture of corruption in Pennsylvania.
He said this applies to Republicans as well. He noted that Gov. Tom Corbett had Republican majorities in the House and Senate and while they couldn’t pass voter ID or defend marriage they did manage to give us the highest gas tax in the nation.
“The GOP establishment is worried about (my candidacy),” he said.
Jeff Bartos is the man the party bosses want. Gale says that Bartos, a well-connected businessman, has donated to Democrats and opposed him during his Commissioner race.