Trump 7th District Supporters — Here is what is likely the final breakdown on who the five candidates for presidential delegates from Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District will support at Republican Convention in Cleveland, July 18-21.
Party-endorsed Michael Puppio, Joan Miller and Bob Willert have pledged themselves to the district winner on the first ballot. Ralph E. Wike III and Jan C. Ting have declared for Donald Trump.
Ting initially declared himself uncommitted as he thought he was required to do so by party rules. He came out for Trump, however, on today’s, April 20, Laura Ingraham Show.
Pennsylvania is sending 71 delegates to Republican Presidential Convention, July 18-21 in Cleveland. Seventeen will be bound to the state’s top vote-getter. The remaining 54 — three per congressional district — have no restriction but their word of honor as for whom they may vote.
I am writing about the 31st District Pennsylvania State Senate race.
The 31st District covers Cumberland County and Northern York County.
Senator Pat Vance is retiring. There are four Republicans running to replace him.
I was elected in a Special Election in March of 2014 to represent the 28th Senate District of York County.
April 2 marked my two year anniversary in the senate.
I have reported many times that reforms in Harrisburg, such as pension reform, liquor store privatization, and school property tax relief have been blocked every step of the way by public sector unions, specifically the PSEA (Pennsylvania State Education Association), the AFL-CIO and the United Food & Commercial Workers Union which represents the liquor store employees.
This column focuses on Jon Ritchie who is seeking to replace Vance.
Ritchie was hand-picked by Sen. Vance to succeed her.
Here is the story and my concern – Senator Vance is represented by the Harrisburg lobbying and campaign firm, Long Nyquist.
Sen. Vance recruited Jon Ritchie and directed him to Long Nyquist.
Long Nyquist has a long list of clients.
They represent the PSEA and the Liquor Store Employees Union to name a few.
We have made positive progress in the Pennsylvania State Senate over the last two years and it has not been easy.
The largest positive event since I arrived in Harrisburg two years ago was electing a new Senate Majority Leader. I led the effort to change leadership.
In an effort to raise money for Jon Ritchie’s campaign, Long Nyquist has secured endorsements from the PSEA and the PA AFL-CIO.
Joe Peters, Chet Beiler Endorsed By IHF — The Independence Hall Foundation, announced it’s endorsements, today, April 19, for key Pennsylvania Republican statewide and congressional district primary races.
The Foundation’s Don Adams says that while the 20-member board did not reach a consensus in the GOP presidential primary, it has voted unanimously or near unanimously to endorse:
Pennsylvania Statewide Competitive Primary Races
The Foundation endorses Joe Peters because of his impressive career in law enforcement (his association with Kathleen Kane not withstanding) and his commitment to take on local PA municipalities that provide “sanctuary” to illegal immigrants in opposition to federal and state laws, says Adams.
He says the Foundation duly notes that Peter’s opponent, State Senator John Rafferty, has significantly less experience in law enforcement; supports “dreamer” legislation; opposes the privatization of the Liquor Control Board and the enactment of Paycheck Protection due his strong union ties.
Southeast PA Competitive Congressional Races
The Foundation endorses Pat Meehan because of his consistent votes, over the years, to repeal ObamaCare; defund Planned Parenthood; lower taxes; decrease spending; expose corrupt practices of the Veterans Administration; hold the Obama Administration accountable on the Benghazi and Fast and Furious scandals; to stop Obama’s Executive Order on Immigration, and support our nation’s defense. Meehan has also been a strong advocate of local law enforcement communities.
During his tenure as Cheltenham Township Commissioner (Montgomery County) in the 1980’s, Meehan’s primary opponent, Stan Casasio, voted to increase the township’s budget by 80 percent and raise property taxes by 42 percent to cover the deficit he helped create, says Adams.
The Foundation endorses Brian Fitzpatrick over his two primary challengers due to his overwhelming conservative credentials–which include fighting political corruption and worldwide terrorism as an FBI Special Agent; his district-wide name recognition; and his ability to raise the funds necessary to defeat his Democrat primary opponent in the fall election.
The Foundation endorses Chet Beiler due to his successful career as an entrepreneur and his commitment to conservative principles. Beiler’s opponent, State Senator Lloyd Smucker, supports “dreamer” legislation and opposes cracking down on “sanctuary”
The Foundation endorses charismatic NASCAR race driver, Matt Connolly, because of his commitment to conservative principles and his second place finish in a three-way primary race two years ago–which earned him district-wide name recognition. In 2014, Connolly’s opponent, Northampton County Councilman Glenn Geissinger, voted to increase county taxes by almost 10%.
Charlie Dent, the incumbent GOP Congressman, is a vocal supporter of the taxpayer funded group, Planned Parenthood, despite recent disclosures that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading abortion provider, barbarically kills over 300,000.
Kasich Delaware County Visit — Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who has absolutely no chance of becoming the Republican nominee via the primary process, will be bringing his presidential campaign to Delaware County, Thursday, April 21 at the Penn State Brandywine Campus Commons Building, 25 Yearsley Mill Road, Media (Middletown Township) Pa., 19o63.
Doors open at 1:30 p.m., and the program runs 2:30 -4.
Actually, we suspect they will manage to fill the venue due to the Governor’s support among party regulars and those with government jobs but can you seriously imagine Donald Trump picking the Brandywine Campus Commons Building as a site for an event?
Meehan Gets Independence Hall Endorsement — The influential Independence Hall Foundation, a conservative grass roots organization with thousands of followers in the tri-state (DE, NJ, PA) region, is announcing today that its Board of Directors has voted unanimously to endorse Pat Meehan for Congress in the April 26 Pennsylvania Primary.
“The 20-member Board of the Independence Hall Foundation has chosen to endorse Congressman Meehan (PA-7) because of his conservative record on fiscal, social, and defense issues” said Foundation spokesperson, Teri Adams, of Montgomery County, PA.
“We supported Pat Meehan when he first ran for office in 2010 and we fought hard to flip the seat from D to R as Democrat Joe Sestak had been the seat’s prior occupant.
“We see absolutely no reason to withdraw our support now.
“In fact, we are proud of Congressman Meehan’s efforts to overturn ObamaCare; defund Planned Parenthood; lower taxes; decrease spending; expose corrupt practices of the Veterans Administration; hold the Obama Administration accountable on the Benghazi and Fast and Furious scandals; and support our nation’s military preparedness.
“In January 2015, Congressman Meehan spoke at the Foundation’s Delaware Valley Pro-Blue Rally in support of our region’s law enforcement community.
“While we may not agree with every vote cast by Congressman Meehan, we are more than pleased with his overall record,” said Ms. Adams.
Meehan is being challenged in the April 26 Republican primary by Stan Casacio.
Pennsylvania Presidential Delegates Declarations — Pennsylvania is sending 71 delegates to Republican Presidential Convention, July 18-21 in Cleveland. Seventeen will be bound to the state’s top vote-getter. The remaining 54 — three per congressional district — have no restriction as for to whom they may vote. Theoretically, they can vote for anybody or anything.
In the 1st District, which consists of parts of Philadelphia and Delaware counties, Seth Kaufer, and Christopher Vogler are uncommitted and David Hackett has not responded.
In the 2nd District, which consists of parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery counties, Aldrick Gessa has committed for Ted Cruz, Elizabeth Havey has committed for the district winner, Calvin Tucker is uncommitted and Aaron Cohen has not yet responded.
In the 6th District, which consists of parts of Chester, Montgomery, Berks and Lebanon counties, Wayne Buckwalter has declared for Donald Trump; Ryan Costello, who is the district’s congressman, Douglas Hager, Michelle Kichline Haris, Vicki Lightcap, and Larry Stohler, have declared for the district winner; and Mary Elizabeth Wert and Robert A. Wert have declared for Ted Cruz.
In the 7th District, which consists of parts of Delaware, Montgomery, Chester, Lancaster and Berks counties, party-endorsed Michael Puppio, Joan Miller and Bob Willert have pledged themselves to the district winner on the first ballot. However, Ralph E. Wike III and Jan C. Ting have declared for Donald Trump. Ting initially declared himself uncommitted as he thought he was required to do so by party rules. He came out for Trump, however, on the April 20 Laura Ingraham Show.
In the 8th District, which consists of Bucks County and part of Montgomery County, Barry Robert Casper and Sean Shute have committed to the district winner, Deborah Evangelou has committed to Ted Cruz and the party-endorsed trio of Gene DiGirolamo, Robert Loughery and Maguerite will not commit to anything.
Casacio Confident Of Win — Stan Casacio expects to beat incumbent 7th District Congressman Pat Meehan in the April 26 Republican Primary.
He said it tonight, April 4, in an interview with WPHT talk show host Dom Giordano before a crowd of about 50 at the Newtown Square Knights of Columbus Hall.
The event was sponsored by the Delaware County Patriots and featured other political notables such as Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale and Joe Peters who is running for Pennsylvania attorney general. Peters’ long law enforcement resume includes the murder conviction of Philly mobster Nicky Scarfo.
“We are going to win,” Casacio said confidently. It was his answer to a question of a possible third party candidacy if he should lose.
Casacio, 68, is a Montgomery County builder who has long been active in Republican politics.
Casacio was motivated to run after Republicans failed to advance the agenda they rode to landslide victories in 2010 and 2014.
He said that Meehan was a nice guy but has been in opposition to necessary Washington reforms far more often than not. One group has him voting with conservative reformers just 31 percent of the time, Casacio said.
Casacio pointedly noted Meehan’s votes to increase our debt ceiling which has led to our debt now being over $19 trillion. He also noted that he was the only Republican to vote against the VA Accountability Act of 2015 which would have made it much easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to demote or fire employees based on poor performance and offer increased protection for whistleblowers.
Casacio, who is strongly pro life, also took issue with Meehan’s vote to pass a federal budget that provided funding for Planned Parenthood. Meehan’s reasoning is that failure to do so would have shut down the government. Casacio noted there was nothing to stop Congress from sending funding bills piecemeal to the president which is much the same way the Pennsylvania Legislature recently forced Gov. Wolf’s hand.
He noted that doing so would require Congress to work harder, however.
Casacio also noted that regulation must be brought under control and that every regulation made should require a direct vote by Congress. He also said he supported term limits and a bill requiring such would be one of the first things he would sponsor.
He said corruption is almost inevitable for someone who spends a long time in Washington. He said his age means that he is automatically term limited.
John Haenn of Springfield made the introductions. Gale also spoke briefly as did Giordano before starting his interview. Giordano criticized the Delaware County Republican Party for their choice of candidates in recent elections and gave a shout-out to Lisa Esler, who was in the audience, for her independent run in last summer’s special election for the vacated 161st District State House seat after the GOP picked union boss Paul Mullen as their candidate.
Peters was the last to speak. He described his background which included being a beat cop, deputy State Attorney general, and federal prosecutor. He noted that State Sen. John Rafferty, the political insider endorsed by the state party, has taken union money and sabotaged reforms to make state government cost-effective and accountable.
Stan Casacio Dom Giordano Reminder — Just a reminder that WPHT talk show host Dom Giordano and Stan Casacio, who is taking on incumbent 7th District Congressman Pat Meehan in the April 26 Republican primary, will be guests Monday, April 4, of the Delaware County Patriots.
It’s 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 327 N. Newtown Street Road, Newtown Square, Pa 19073. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
It puts to bed in a conclusive way the long-pondered question “Is Hillary how she is because Bill does what he does or does Bill do what he does because Hillary is the way she is?”
Reading it, we actually felt sorry for the old Arkansas Love Machine.
Olson’s source is Sally Miller, a former Miss Arkansas who was one of Slick Willie’s girlfriends and who knew Hillary also.
Sally says Hillary is cold, calculating and interested solely in herself. She said she had several abortions and was talked into keeping Chelsea by Bill for political reasons. She said she was a lesbian who does not like men.
One does have to admit this is a lot easier to buy than Cruz as a Latin lover.