Pennsylvania Meltdown Has Trump Concerned — The horrific performance by the Pennsylvania Republican Party in the last two elections is getting the attention of national GOP leaders including Donald Trump.
And our old pal Val is finding himself behind the eight-ball.
Valentine DiGiorgio, who took charge of the Chester County GOP when Chesco was still Republican, became state boss in February 2017 beating widely respected attorney Lawrence Tabas by just two votes.
“The list of complaints about DiGiorgio is long,” Ms Otterbein wrote. “He’s a bad fundraiser. His staff is anemic. Though he eventually got behind Trump in 2016, he initially backed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the primary.”
Note after Rubio was eliminated, DiGiorgio got behind Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s bizarre attempt to force a brokered convention.
Anyway, a lot of criticism of Val assumes mere incompetence. The poor kid is out of his depth so to speak.
We think that is unfair. We think Val is doing a supremely good job for his prime employer, namely the Philadelphia-based political fixing firm Stradley Ronon, which is a strong backer of all things Deep State and never-Trump.
By the way, Pennsylvania Attorney General and rising Democrat star Josh Shapiro also has close ties with Stradley Ronon. Unlike Val, his career is doing well.
DiGiorgio Must Step Down As State GOP Chairman — Val DiGiorgo stepped down as Chester County Republican Party Chairman on Dec. 7 but remains the head of the State GOP.
By Jane Taylor Toal
Former Congressman, Chaka Fattah, received a 10-year sentence for federal corruption in the 2nd District of Philadelphia, which is traditionally supported by the PA GOP, and was convicted of the VICO Act violations and other related crimes, which hosts a 2-year sentence. Also receiving this sentence was Herbert Vederman. Mr. Vederman was a Senior Consultant for the government and public affairs group, Stradley, Ronan, Stevens, and Young, LLC, a Philadelphia based law firm.
Valentino F. DiGiorgio III chaired the banking and public finance sections, while being a partner. Government and public affairs were considered part of his “focus.” The PA GOP Chairman is currently employed at said firm. Pennsylvania Attorney General Joshua Shapiro (D) was counsel at the firm. Mr. Shapiro obtained employment for Mr. DiGiorgio’s wife in Montgomery County, consisting of a 6-figure income. The Attorney General still practices general corporate work, real estate, and regulatory compliance with the LLC. Firms such as these in our great Commonwealth should be shut down.
The Chair was elected to this position at the Republican Convention on February 4, 2017, in Hershey.
A close friend has a long history of supporting big government causes in Chester County. Alex Rahn is reputed to be the brains behind a shadow group named United Republicans of Chester County, has tried unsuccessfully to remove committee people from Elk and East Nottingham Townships. Mr. Rahn directed activities for the late Senator Arlen Specter, who represented both the Republican and Democrat political parties in 2003/2004. Can we say “collusion?”
Flash forward to the 2018 gubernatorial race, the PA GOP Chair accepted monies for the support and endorsement of the flawed and publicly violent candidate, Scott Wagner. Six State Committee members wrote a letter of disgust stating that they were lied to and deceived by Mr. DiGiorgio, their party boss. They referenced facts pertaining to said candidate which were held from them and they found these to be vile and did not want to be included in this support. A separate letter, via grassroots activists, also asked him to withdraw his endorsement, and was received with no reply.
With this being said, the Chair is no friend to those with opposing views. He uses his bully tactics and back room schemes to promote his status quo establishment agenda. As a registered Republican voter of theCommonwealth of Pennsylvania, I am calling for the letter of resignation of Mr. Valentino F. DiGiorgio III. He is not a friend of We the People. Politics is placed before the Keystone state’s citizens. This gentleman deceives those with whom have placed their trust in him.
The deadline for this will be the date of May 18, 2019,which is the day prior to our primary election. A special election will need to be held for his replacement.
Ms. Toal is president and CEO of Citizens for Liberty
There were just enough Republican State committeepeople, however, who live in the land of unicorns to back him. He beat the respected and honorable Lawrence Tabas to win state chairman by two votes in 2017.
Yes, there really was a majority of Republican Party animals who though Val was not going to put the interests of Stradley Ronon ahead of theirs much less that of the average citizen.
Regarding his county post, we suggested on Nov. 12 that Donna Ellingsen, who chairs Area 19 and has been the subject of DiGiorgio’s wrath for the last three years due to principle opposition to his party-poisonous policies, replace him. The suggestion seems to be taking root considering some of our feedback. Donna’s not the only one being bandied as a replacement. John Emmons, who chairs Area 28, has been suggested and there are others.
May the replacement come quickly for the sake of the Chesco Republicans.
Hopefully, some are pushing him to step down from his state job as well.
Val DiGiorgio Villain 2018 — How have the Pennsylvania Republicans fallen.
Lou Barletta lost his senate bid, yesterday, Nov. 6, to incumbent Bob Casey by more than 600,000 votes as of midnight and Scott Wagner was crushed by 800,000 in gubernatorial battle with Tom Wolf.
Casey and Wolf were both easily beatable.
Further, three congressional seats flipped to D including the ones representing Delaware and Chester counties.
The congressional losses can be partly blamed on a loaded redistricting order by the state Supreme Court last January giving historical Democrat voters the majority in the Philadelphia suburban seats.
The court acquired its own Democrat majority in the 2015 election.
We are not sure yet if the GOP has lost the state House and/or Senate but in Delaware County, Sen. Tom McGarrigle appears to have lost the 26th District to Timothy P. Kearney, and Alex Charlton seems to have been unseated by Jennifer O’Mara in the 165th District, 15,577 votes to 15,414.
We can’t recall the last time a Democrat held that seat.
Who do we blame for this debacle? The leader of the Pennsylvania Republican Party is Val DiGiorgio, a partner with Philadelphia-based political fixer Stradley-Ronan, whose alums also include Pennsylvania Attorney General — and leading Democrat — Josh Shapiro, with whom Val has beneficial dealings.
It seems Val is doing to the Pennsylvania party what he has done to the Chester County Party, that he still runs. If we were cynics we’d say it was being done on purpose.
When the Tea Party movement exploded eight years ago and previously uninvolved persons became active, DiGiorgio took steps to keep them from participating in his bailiwick .
These decent people angered by waste, corruption and unnecessary taxes were demeaned by professionals and portrayed as things they were not.
Many no longer feel inspired to politics and those that do think the GOP is as much the enemy as the equally (more so probably) corrupt Democrats.
It’s really not unreasonable to think that both parties work in unison against the average citizen.
If there are any decent leaders still left in the GOP, it is something for them to ponder.
Ellingsen, Welsh Seek State Committee Race — A mild medical issue last week has not caused Donna Ellingsen to quit her bid to represent Republican voters from State Committee Region 2 of Chester County on the Pennsylvania Republican Committee. She and her running mate Tim Welshhave put real fear in the party bosses getting rich off cronyism and corruption and they are going pedal to the metal to stop citizen crusaders. We are republishing this article from April 20.
Complaints are common about cronyism and corruption; about unfair taxes and public spending with no benefit for most.
Most of the time the complainers only vote in major elections if at all.
We aren’t going to judge. The lazy, corrupt, cronyist media likes it like that and fails to report the issues in a way that explains their ultimate consequences.
On May 15, Republican voters in State Committee Region 2 of Chester County will have a chance to give a black eye to cronyism.
Two candidates long-sickened by the how-can-we-milk-the-cow-today attitude of the GOP leadership are in the race.
They are Donna Ellingsen and Tim Welsh.
The 351 state committeepeople are elected every four years during a primary election. They determine who the party endorses in state-wide elections and, more significantly, pick the state party leadership.
There are rarely challengers to the people put up by the party leaders.
Chesco Region 2 is a exception hence an opportunity.
It consists of Coatesville, South Coatesville, Modena, and Valley from Area 14; Atglen, East Fallowfield, West Fallowfield, Highland, Parkesburg , Sadsbury and West Sadsburgy from Area 15; Elk, East Nottingham , Lower Oxford, Oxford Borough, Upper Oxford and West Nottingham from Area 19; and Caln and West Brandywine.
Enough Republican state committeepeople apparently didn’t else two more votes would have been flipped to keep Val from winning the chairmanship.
He’s been doing a heckuva job hasn’t he? The Democrats certainly think so.
By the way, Donna Ellingsen, whose integrity has made her Val’s nemesis, is running for state committee along with Timothy Welsh of Oxford in Chester County this May 15. If you live in the area and care about fighting cronyism, vote for Donna and Timothy. Better yet, volunteer to help them get elected.
Her area consists of Coatesville, Modena, Valley North & South, Atglen, East Fallowfield, Highland, Parkesburg, Sadsbury, West Fallowfield, West Sadsbury, Elk, East Nottingham, West Nottingham, Oxford Borough, Lower Oxford, Upper Oxford, Caln and West Brandywine.
Usual Republican Suspects Stop Anti-Corruption Bill — On Dec. 12, the usual Republican suspects in Chester and Delaware counties voted against a bill that would have banned political contributions from automatically being deducted from the paychecks of public employees.
There is no morally justifiable reason for a nay vote. You doubt this? Name one. Give us one reason why money promised to a person for his labor should be taken without his consent and given to back a cause with which he may not agree.
SB 166 was an extremely mild bill. It only applied to public employees and allowed for deductions for union matters including salaries.
And it still couldn’t pass.
The usual Republican suspects are, from Delco, Steve Barrar (R-160), Nick Miccarelli (R-162), Jamie Santora, (R-163), Alex Charlton (R-165), and Chris Quinn (R-168), and. from Chesco, Harry Lewis (R-74) Becky Corbin (R-155) and Duane Milne (R-167).
The Usual Republican Suspects sounds like a great movie. Maybe we can get Bryan Singer to direct it. Who would Kevin Spacey play? Maybe Val DiGiorgio. We can call him Keyser So So.
By the way, if you care about the labor movement and if you care about workers — which union bosses obviously do not — crusade to end automatic deductions for union fees for everyone.
Automatic paycheck deductions hurts labor . Why do the massive amount of money obtained from these involuntary deductions go to causes and candidates such as lobbying for unfair trade pacts and stopping pipelines, which are obviously against the interests of labor?
Without this guaranteed income the union leaders would actually have to heed the will of those they claim to represent.
The most successful lobbying group in America is the NRA. Suppose if its officials got paid no matter what it did? You think they’d work as hard?
They’d work about as hard as the union bosses do for their constituents, and private access to firearms would have long ended.
Usual Republican Suspects Stop Anti-Corruption Bill
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.