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.
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.
No Vote Taken—107 total caucus members
Northeast Central (NECRA)
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.
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.
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.
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
OK Sheila, what are these “false, negative attacks” to be made against DiGiorgio?
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
Respected attorney Lawrence Tabas has announced his candidacy for chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania.
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.
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.”
Lehigh County GOP Insurgency — An insurgency is occurring against the Republican establishment in Lehigh County, with candidates demanding changes for the taxpayers’ benefit against those who think the existing paradigm is just peachy, reports activist Bob Guzzardi.
The most visible battle in the May 21 primary is the one for county executive pitting the establishment’s Dean Browning, a former county commissioner, against Scott Ott, who is running on platform of fiscal sanity.
Mike Schware, the incumbent county commissioner representing the 5th District and, who has been supporting reforms is being assailed by three challengers: Norma Cusick, Kevin Ryan and Nathan Brown..
In the 2nd District, fiscal-hawk Scott Aquila is challenging incumbent Percy Dougherty, who has been doing what the bosses tell him.
Pennsylvania Republican Angers Constituents — Sen. Ted Erickson (R-26), three days ago before the Springfield Republicans, expressed a distinct coolness to privatizing Pennsylvania’s state-run liquor monopoly which is something passed overwhelmingly by the State House and is overwhelmingly supported by his constituents — at least those who are not part of a special interest group.
Erickson has now made it official that he supports expanding Medicaid to low-income workers despite the burdens it will place on the vast majority of his constituents — hey, you hear our national debt is now $16.8 trillion — not to mention the truly poor who will now have to compete with new clients for attention from a shrinking supply of doctors willing to accept Medicaid patients.
Erickson is not a leader in that he can’t fight to make a change to something that doesn’t work or fight to stop a change to make something that sorta works fail. He is not a follower in that he refuses to listen to those who elect him. He is the perfect example as to why Republicans lose — and he should get out of the way.