Stradley Ronon Boasts About Val

Stradley Ronon Boasts About Val
A screenshot of the press release.

Stradley Ronon Boasts About Val — Stradley Ronon, the Philadelphia-based octopus that can be a poster child for the Deep State, has put out a release about how one of its trusted officers now heads the Pennsylvania Republican Party.

“Stradley Ronon Partner Valentino F. DiGiorgio III was elected Chairman of Pennsylvania’s Republican Party during the state party’s convention in Hershey, Pennsylvania,” they bragged. “. . .Val is co-chair of Stradley Ronon’s public finance and banking practice groups. He handles all legal aspects of financial services, including commercial lending and tax-exempt financing for 501(c)(3) entities, governmental units and other entities.”

Before Democrat Josh Shapiro was elected Pennsylvania Attorney General last November he had been a counsel at Stradley Ronon. You think he might still be on their quick dial?

Wonder whose interests are Shapiro and DiGiorgio more inclined to consider in making policy: The law firm/lobbyist with whom they are connected or the average citizen?

OK, we don’t wonder.

The Trump voter still has work to do in taking back the country.

Stradley Ronon Boasts About Val

DiGiorgio Wins GOP Chairmanship

DiGiorgio Wins GOP Chairmanship — Insider Val DiGiorgio was elected as expected chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican State Committee replacing Rob Gleason.

DiGiorgio Wins GOP Chairmanship
Chairman Val

He received 173 votes to 171 for Lawrence Tabas, the state GOP’s general counsel.

There was not a secret ballot as requested by Tabas.

The votes were cast by members of the Republican State Committee. Every county chairman is automatically a member of it with the rest being elected to four year terms during a municipal party primary.

Tabas noted in a public letter that many of those leaning in his direction were threatened by paid operatives of DiGiorgio.

The close vote shows a serious divide and problem for the state party. DiGiorgio’s win was to due to overwhelming numbers in the Philadelphia region. He lost the rest of the state, especially the Pittsburgh area.

DiGiorgio Wins GOP Chairmanship

 

Tabas Requests Secret Ballot

Tabas Requests Secret Ballot
Lawrence Tabas, Pennsylvania Republican Party general counsel.

Tabas Requests Secret Ballot — In an open letter to Val DiGiorgio, Lawrence Tabas has condemned attacks by all sides and requested a secret ballot for tomorrow’s (Feb. 4) vote for the Pennsylvania Republican Party chairmanship that the two men are seeking. 

Tabas is the Pennsylvania GOP general counsel. DiGiorgio, is party boss for Chester County.

Here is the letter:

Dear Val:

I understand why you’re upset, and rather than ignoring these attacks, I have been actively trying to stop this among my supporters.

Unfortunately, I cannot speak to people who are anonymous, and neither can you.  Therefore, I have issued an open letter regarding these attacks, which I am attaching.

I vehemently deny that these attacks have been by my paid supporters.  I have also been attacked in numerous ways, and many of the people supporting me have been threatened on your behalf, and I have proof that these attacks have often been perpetrated by your paid supporters.  I agree that this has gone too far and ask that you also stop the negative attacks by your supporters, paid or not.

Tabas Requests Secret Ballot
Val DiGiorgio, Chester County GOP boss

We both can stand on our records of service to the Party, and we each have our plans for making the Party better and that is what people should focus on when they are voting.  I have built my reputation on integrity, and I know that you have also.  Let’s therefore end this election on a positive note.

I believe it would be most effective and positive for our Party if we issue a joint letter condemning all attacks, threats, and repercussions, either pre- or post-election.  As part of that letter, we should jointly urge the State Committee members to vote for a secret ballot so that there is no fear of reprisal on either side.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Many Thanks,

Lawrence Tabas

Tabas Requests Secret Ballot

WCNS Discusses Tabas

WCNS Discusses Tabas
Respected attorney Lawrence Tabas

WCNS Discusses Tabas — Tricia Cunningham who hosts Chew on This for 1480 WCNS in Latrobe had a show concerning the Pennsylvania GOP chairman battle between Chesco party boss Val DiGiorgio and respected attorney Lawrence Tabas.

Her guests were Lynn Ryan and Cheryl Freedman.

It’s worth listening to and is pasted below.

BTW, here are the results of the straw poll of state caucuses prior to the official Feb. 4 vote.

 

DiGiorgio

Tabas

Central Caucus

No Vote Taken—107 total caucus members

Southeast Caucus

68

9

Northeast Central (NECRA)

10

13

Northeast Caucus

12

10

Southwest Caucus

19

40

Northwest Caucus

11

28

Total

120

100

DiGiorgio has a 20 vote lead according to the unofficial poll, which is meaningless since the Central Caucus is holding its 107-vote preference close at hand.

By the way we hear that conservative “hero” Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-12) is  making calls for DiGiorgio. Big league mistake, Daryl if true.

WCNS Discusses Tabas

 

Val DiGiorgio False Negative Attacks

Val DiGiorgio False Negative Attacks –The vote for Pennsylvania’s next Republican Party Chairman is Feb. 4 with the leading candidates being Chester County boss Val DiGiorgio and Lawrence Tabas who is the state party’s widely respected general counsel.

Val DiGiorgio False Negative Attacks
Unsuccessful party boss Val DiGiorgio

The decision will be made by members of the Republican State Committee. Every county chairman is automatically a member of the committee with the rest being elected to four year terms during a municipal party primary.

Val DiGiorgio False Negative Attacks
Respected attorney Lawrence Tabas

Sheila Sterrett, who is chairwoman of the the Northwest Caucus, and who is part of Pat Toomey’s senate staff, sent the below email to her fellow committee members:

Good evening! I hope everyone enjoyed the swearing-in ceremonies and I know we look forward to the next 4 years to make some major changes with President Trump!!!

I know there have been a flurry of emails over the past month regarding the race for Chairman of the Party.  As a caucus, we will be hearing from both Val and Lawrence and have the opportunity to ask them questions.

As a state committee member, I wanted to share with you that I have been made aware of some disappointing and frankly disturbing news.  Opponents of Val DiGiorgio are planning an email and media blitz of false, negative attacks against him centered around President Trump’s election campaign – many of these contacts may be emailing or phoning us directly who don’t even live in Pennsylvania – those who have never been involved in our local elections – those who have not work for our judicial or statewide candidates.  If you are like me and tired of the negativity in this race, please don’t stand for it.  Let the people behind it know that we abide by Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment.  This is what Val and his team have done.

To preempt these attacks, please take a moment to review the email below which outlines Val DiGiorgio’s and Chester County’s efforts on behalf of our President. If you have any question about Val’s efforts to help move the Republican ticket to victory please visit Setting the Record Straight: Val DiGiorgio and the Trump Campaign

I look forward to seeing you this weekend.

Thank you very much

Sheila

OK Sheila, what are these “false, negative attacks” to be made against DiGiorgio?

That he backed a purge of new party activists?

Well, that’s true.

That he wouldn’t let up?

That’s true too.

That Josh Shapiro, the state’s leading Democrat, got his wife a six-figure do-nothing job with Montgomery County?

True.

That Shapiro was one of his compatriots at what might be state’s leading purveyor of special interests?

True.

That he is a registered lobbyist which means that he is someone whose concern is the special interest giving him money rather than the common good?

True.

That his organization gave aid and support to no-chance anti-Trumper John Kasich five days before the Pennsylvania Primary?

True.

That he put a one-time activist liberal Democrat in charge of Chester County voter services?

True.

That Chester County Republicans performed surprisingly poorly last November?

True.

So what are these false attacks? Why would anyone need to make any?

Val DiGiorgio False Negative Attacks

Central Caucus Has Not Endorsed Val

Central Caucus Has Not Endorsed Val
No endorsement for you.

Central Caucus Has Not Endorsed Val — This statement from Pennsylvania State Republican Central Caucus co-chairs Dick Stewart and Katherine Wood-Jacobs has been placed on Facebook and declares that their group has made no endorsement in the race for Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman despite claims made by the Val DiGiorgio camp that they have tapped him.

The other leading contender is respected attorney Lawrence Tabas who is general counsel of the state Republican Party.

Sent: Sunday, January 08, 2017 4:11 PM
Dear State Committee Members,
Last night, an email was sent out deliberately misrepresenting the truth about yesterday’s Central Caucus meeting. It is such a complete distortion of the facts that we cannot stay silent.
When it comes to the statements made about the State Chair race, there was NO VOTE by the Central Caucus.
The vote was about whether to allow time to hear from Lawrence and Val yesterday or wait until our February caucus breakfast. The vote had nothing to do with showing support for one candidate or the other but only to allow them time to speak. Val’s email claiming victory is a misrepresentation of the facts.
We made the decision in mid-December when we called the meeting that the sole purpose of the meeting was to interview statewide judicial candidates and to have a straw ballot with respect to those candidates. Both candidates for chairman were advised that they would have an opportunity to address the caucus at our caucus meeting in February.
In order to consider business not called for in the notice of the meeting, the bylaws would have to be suspended. A vote was taken and it failed.
As it was, in order to give all of the judicial candidates a full and complete vetting we skipped lunch and still had to inconvenience the hotel by extending our stay past the hotels deadline for vacating the room.
We believe the most important task of the day was to find the best possible candidates for our statewide courts. We didn’t think we needed to change our long standing practice because it didn’t suit Val’s timetable.
The Central Caucus takes pride in being the first to vet the candidates for public office in our Commonwealth. We take our role very seriously and understand the importance of this year’s judicial elections.
The truth is simple. There was no straw poll and any statement inferring otherwise is just wrong.
Sincerely,
Dick Stewart & Katherine Wood-Jacobs
Central Caucus Co-Chairs

Lawrence Tabas Announces Bid For Pa GOP Chairman

Lawrence Tabas Announces Bid For Pa GOP Chairman
Lawrence Tabas, a ray of Republican hope.

Respected attorney Lawrence Tabas has announced his candidacy for chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania.

Thank God.

The leading alternative is Chesco GOP Chairman Val DiGiorgio, whose incompetency has weakened that once-powerful county organization. He has demoralized the most dedicated Republicans — many of whom now consider themselves former Republicans — for go-along/get-along-toe-the-party-line-at-all-cost types.

What is especially damning is that he did not even bother to try to win over dissenters but launched what could fairly be called a purge. That is the very definition of bad leadership.

And let us not forget his incestuous relationship with big-wheel Democrats and his employment with the state’s leading light of special interest.

A DiGiorgio chairmanship could very well be the end of the Pennsylvania Republican Party.

Tabas is general counsel of the state Republican Party. Even those he beats in court respect him. He has been a Republican activist for 38 years and has worked with candidates at every level.

And he knows what the job of party chairman is.

“Our mission will be to build a grassroots party that has 67 county parties that are stronger than the year before,” he said in the announcement of his candidacy. “In the next four years, we must achieve the following: win the Governor’s office; win an additional U.S. Senate seat; keep and expand our Congressional, State Senate, and State House majorities; win the row offices and judicial races; and re-elect Donald Trump and Mike Pence. “

He has pledged not to take a salary or do lobbying while chairman.

“I will serve as a volunteer Chairman and will not accept any legal work from the State Committee or any other Republican committees.. I have not been, nor will I be, a registered lobbyist, using my position for personal or professional benefit,” he said.  “I also will go a step further and fully disclose all the state committee business to our membership so there are no conflicts of interest.  I will be accountable to you by visiting all 67 counties every year.”

Top that Val, LOL.

Lawrence Tabas Announces Bid For Pa GOP Chairman

Pa GOP Tea Party Trouble

Pa GOP Tea Party Trouble — Pennsylvania’s Republican establishment has a Tea Party problem.

As indicated in an earlier post, establishment fav Steve Welch is not warming the hearts of those whose votes he needs.

Now, Paula Stiles of the Chester County Patriots is sounding the call for the common folk to attend the General Republican Meeting of the State Committee, which is 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Sept. 17, at Harrisburg Hilton, 1 N. 2nd St., Harrisburg.

“We are asking constituents from every county in Pennsylvania to attend. . . and personally experience the disdain that PA GOP leadership has for their fellow Republicans,” she says. “Please understand, the”leadership” is not elected.”

She says she already has at least one van-full of those attending this rather inconveniently scheduled event.

She asks that those planning to attend to RSVP at terminatorgop@hushmail.com.

 

Pa GOP Tea Party Trouble

 

Pa GOP Tea Party Trouble

 

 

Gleason Quits Quest?

Update: We have received a report that Gleason has quit his quest to be Republican national party chairman. Confirmation awaits.

Bill Russell, the  congressional candidate who gave Democrat power-broker John Murtha a scare in 2008, is begging fellow Republicans not to name Robert Gleason as national party chairman.

Gleason, who chairs the Pennsylvania GOP, is seeking the seat citing as creds his organization’s resounding success on Nov. 2. The Republicans in Pennsylvania flipped five congressional seats, the U.S. senate seat, the governor’s office, took over the State House and held the State Senate which gives them total control over Harrisburg.

Russell, however, in a widely disseminated email accused Gleason of throwing the 12th District congressional race in 2008 and this year in order to protect government-connected  policies issued by his company, Gleason Insurance.

Gleason is from Cambria County in the 12th District and has been that county’s GOP chairman. The 12th District was represented by Murtha for almost 38 years until his death Feb. 8.

Russell says Gleason had a close personal relationship with Murtha attending family barbecues and  having a picture of Murtha and himself — since removed — on the Gleason Insurance website, along with a list of customers who had benefited from a relationship with Murtha, also since removed.

Russell said he was warned about Gleason’s relationship with Murtha when he announced as a candidate in 2007 but the reality hit home when 15 different persons declined to sign his nominating petition or contribute to his campaign expressing a fear they or a spouse might be fired. Ultimately he was unable to get the signatures and was not placed on the primary ballot. This required him to run a write-in campaign which he remarkably won becoming the first in the state to do so as a congressional primary candidate. This meant he was on the ballot for the general election.

Due to the Murtha’s Haditha Marine comments,  personalities such as Michelle Malkin turned the race into a national one and the money poured in.

Russell said this presented a problem for Gleason since he was pledging to end the regions economic dependence on earmarks which provided the funding for the Gleason-insured businesses.

Russell said among the measures Gleason took to undermine his campaign was by attempting, usually successfully, to keep him from appearing with John McCain or Sarah Palin at rallies in the district — which McCain won as the Pa12 was the only congressional district in the nation to flip to the Republicans that year — and by leaving his name off the Republican sample ballots.

Russell says he immediately began preparing for the 2010 race and fully expected to be the GOP candidate albeit it he had two primary opponents activist Dave Battaglia  and businessman Tim Burns. Murtha’s death, however, brought the need for a special election  to fill the remaining months of his seat and this election was to take place alongside the primary.

Candidate for special elections are not picked by voters in a primary but by party people. Burns got the tap at the behest of Gleason.

Burns would lose the special election to Mark Critz, who had been Murtha’s district director. The race, however, again garnered national attention and money and most of the local publicity went to Burns and that gave him the advantage he needed to win the primary election.

In the Nov. 2 rematch, Burns did not catch the GOP wave and fell to Critz despite the district going for the Republicans at the top of the ticket.

Russell says that, like himself, Burns did not get the support of the Gleason machine.

“The only answer I can come up with for these questions is that Robert Gleason fully intended to lose the 12th Congressional District Special and Primary elections in order to protect his company’s insurance contracts with the earmark companies that John Murtha brought in, and Mark Critz promised to protect,” Russell says.