Chesco GOP Purge Update — We have been told by Donna Ellingsen, that Chesco GOP solicitor Joel Frank has informed her that the type of inquisition to which she and three other county Republican committee people have been called has only occurred once before in his 16 years.
This is starting to look more and more like a purge. Along with their rubber-meets-the road job of getting out the vote, committee people vote for the county party leaders. The independent-thinking, question-asking types don’t make the party bosses happy in Chester County it seems.
The four are accused of breaking the county GOP bylaws by supporting a candidate against one endorsed by the party. Committee people are elected. The penalty is removal from office with the county chairman picking the replacement.
Chesco has 454 committee people — one man and one woman from each precinct — divided into 28 districts.
Donna represents Elk Township in Area 19. Among those accused with her is her area chairwoman, Jane Ladley.
Republican turnout in Area 19 is generally higher than the rest of the county.
That any issues couldn’t be resolved with phone calls and private meetings is a strong indication that something more nefarious is afoot than keeping closet Democrats from acquiring party control.
The inquisition is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 11 at the Republican Headquarters, 15 S. Church St., West Chester, Pa. 19382.