Swarthmore Was Once Republican

Swarthmore Was Once Republican

By Bob Small

For many years, Swarthmore, and Delaware County was safely Republican. Recently the tide has turned, as it usually does, and now both Delaware County Council, and the Borough of Swarthmore, are solidly Democratic. Though many have ascribed it to Swarthmore College’s influence, or “the Kremlin on the Krum”, as one Spiro T. Agnew called it, it was probably time for a change.

In the 2020 Election, Swarthmore had 3,345 votes for Biden and 427 for Trump. The Borough is 59.3 D and 37.0 Exact number of Registrants, it seems, were only available from the Delco Bureau of Elections, via a release of information form, which my inner Libertarian rebelled against.

The Swarthmore Republican Party does exist, but it has no electronic presence!

The Swarthmore Democratic Party has a Facebook page updated
on Sep. 28 (as of Oct 9), The website for the Swarthmore Democratic Committee was last updated in 2018, and also uses Latin (the influence of the College, no doubt). By the way, there was a Swarthmore College Republican Group, but….

As for the Nov 2, Municipal Election, Republicans Albert Federico and David Rowley are standing for Inspector of Elections in their Precincts; 2 out of the 13 major Party Candidates. Albert mentions that he is “running to retain his current position as Minority Inspector”. He could only become the Majority Inspector if he garnered more votes than the Democrat running in his precinct. David Rowley is fairly reticent.

As a Green, I don’t really have a dog in this hunt, though I’ll vote for the Libertarian on the Swarthmore ballot, Patrick John Hochstuhl, who is standing u for Constable. A Constable (courtesy of Berks County)
“A Constable is a sworn Law Enforcement/Peace Officer that can arrest for felony crimes and breaches of the peace committed in his presence, or by warrant anywhere in the commonwealth.”

There are 117 pages in the Municipal Races, just for Delaware County, and there are only 3 Libertarians and one Green running, which is a lost opportunity because many of these offices are unopposed. Among Independents, a David Cleary is running for Garnet Valley School Board.

Statewide, there are almost 150 Libertarians running for various offices, and nine Greens. One of whom, Kearni Warren, will be part of a three-way League of Women Voters of Central Delaware County Candidate Forum 7 p.m., tomorrow, Oct 12 . It will be live-streamed on YouTube. Visit here for details.

Swarthmore Was Once Republican
Swarthmore Was Once Republican

A Republican In Swarthmore

A Republican In Swarthmore

By Bob Small

I spoke to one of the Republicans in Swarthmore with a long and devoted history with the Party about his experiences. He is still active, though a young senior. we discussed the history of the history and future of the Swarthmore GOP, and how things had changed and not changed.

For purposes of this article, he agreed to the interview as long as his name wasn’t used, I’ll call him RS (Republican in Swarthmore)’

Swarthmore, Pa., for those who don’t know is overwhelmingly Democrat.

RS remembers the time when the Borough was almost all Republicans and now
is almost, well it is all Democrat, except for a few minor offices.

A Republican In Swarthmore

He didn’t feel it had changed “a whole hell of a lot”, and that Borough Council continued to be dedicated to “the needs of the local citizens”.

We also touched on Alice “Putty” Willets , whom he worked with in her capacity on Borough Council and who I knew for her work on the “Dew Drop Inn” Senior Center. We both agreed it was a shame she was never elected Mayor.

Here is her obit from The Swarthmorean https://www.swarthmorean.com obituary-death-notice

RS says he has maybe received maybe 10 “crazy comments” in his various duties for the Borough about being a “Republican”, probably the same I have received for being a Green and not a Democrat.

RS is a proud Swarthmore College graduate and we discussed where he agreed and disagreed with the College’s decisions I. e. He thought the Inn was “a great enrichment”, for instance, but worked against the College dropping football. How the College affected the Blue Route (2 lanes rather than four), and how the College seeks to maintain “good community relations” by having Athletics, Concerts, Lectures , etc open to the public.

Lastly, we both being Seniors, feeling “it beats the alternative”, we discussed how the Borough helps with walkability by keeping the sidewalks in shape by reminding homeowners about repair, trimming bushes, etc. Right now, there’s a whole vibrant downtown area, but people of all Parties are becoming opposed to this huge Condo project that might eviscerate up to 50 percent of our shopping area. (More about that in the future).
Like many of us, he worries that the increasing RE taxes and higher rents will affect the future of Swarthmoreans to continue to “age in place”.

A Republican In Swarthmore

Pat Poprik Incompetence In Bucks County

Pat Poprik Incompetence In Bucks County — Bucks County Republican Party Chairwoman Pat Poprik, yesterday, Jan. 21, released the dumbest bit of politicking of 2020.

Granted its early but it sets a high bar.

Ms. Poprik and her clueless contingent declared that businessman Andrew Meehan, who is challenging incumbent Brian Fitzpatrick in Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District, will be excluded from candidate screening.

“They voted not to allow him to be voted on,” said Robert Ciervo.

The county GOP Executive Committee claimed Meehan did not share their values because of some alleged social media sin. They said it without the dimmest awareness that cancel culture is clearly not the value of the overwhelming majority of Republican voters even in the Philadelphia suburbs.

If what he did was so bad, why not confront him during the screening? Hmmm? Can you say fear? Expediency?

How about stupidity?

You could have safely given the incumbent the nod without dissing Meehan or his many, many supporters who Fitzpatrick will need if he should win the primary, April 28.

But you chose the halo polishing route thinking it will get you patted on the head by the people who use you and hate us.

Bucks County needs a new boss.

Here is the release:

Pat Poprik Incompetence In Bucks County

Update 1: Andy Meehan has responded to the allegations of social media wrongdoing https://meehan2020.com/meehan-response-to-fitzpatrick-hit-job-dump/

Update 2: A little birdie told us the vote to exclude Meehan’s screening was 49-28 which is remarkable as our birdie says unanimous votes are the norm. Further the discussion to exclude Meehan took an hour and 15 minutes which was a unnecessary waste of time. Letting Meehan speak would have taken five minutes.

Pat Poprik Incompetence In Bucks County

Brian Fitzpatrick Carbon Tax Bill

Brian Fitzpatrick Carbon Tax Bill — Brian Fitzpatrick, Pennsylvania’s 1st District Republican congressman, will be introducing a “carbon tax bill” today says the Washington Examiner. It will be similar to Market Choice Act introduced in 2018 by Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FLA26) which died in committee.

Brian Fitzpatrick Carbon Tax
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa1)

The Curbelo bill imposed a tax of $24 per metric ton on industrial carbon-dioxide emissions, beginning in 2020 and rising annually at a rate of 2 percent above inflation.

In return, federal taxes on gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel would be repealed. The payers would mostly be operators of coal and natural gas power plants.

This means paying more for lighting, air-conditioning and heat, and maybe less for food and transportation.

And of course, coal plants (and mines and their jobs) would soon disappear as natural gas produces much less CO2.

Which would naturally mean less revenue which means someone is going to pound his fist and say we need to bring back the gasoline tax.

The claim that most of carbon tax money will be used to rebuild infrastructure also deserves a big LOL as that is what the gasoline and diesel tax is supposed to do now and obviously doesn’t.

We can’t jump on Fitzpatrick too much. Our wish is to replace all coal and NG plants with nuclear and hydro-electric ones so we give him credit for trying.

Hey Brian, if you really want to fix infrastructure repeal the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931. Studies show it adds 20 percent to the cost of federal projects. Repealing it means 20 percent more work with same amount of money. Infrastructure problem are solved. It’s almost like magic.

And on the other hand there is Pat Toomey.

Pennsylvania RINOs Roam Unchecked
Sen. Pat Toomey (RINO-Pa)

Pennsylvania’s “Republican” senator joined the Democrats in again futilely voting to repeal President Trump’s court-approved use of emergency funds to build the much-needed wall on the Mexican border.

This wall is not anti-immigration. The wall is anti-drug smuggling and anti-child trafficking. If border crossers are forced to use supervised ports of entry it becomes a whole lot harder to bring children here to be molested.

Cartel coyotes no longer abandon customers to die in the desert.

Senator, a whole lot more Pennsylvanians support this wall than KYW and the Philadelphia Inquirer will lead you to believe. This one is going to burn you.

Brian Fitzpatrick Carbon Tax Bill

Daphne Goggins Keeps Endorsement

Daphne Goggins Keeps Endorsement — The strange vote tonight (Feb. 18) on whether to rescind the Philadelphia Republican Party’s endorsement of Daphne Goggins for mayor granted five days ago overwhelmingly went in favor of the North Philadelphia ward leader.

Daphne Goggins Keeps Endorsement

We were told the tally was 29 -17 to retain the endorsement.

We were also told that the party leadership is still plotting to replace her.

Please don’t be that stupid.

Daphne Goggins Keeps Endorsement

Daphne Goggins To Be Rejected By Philly GOP?

The Philadelphia Republican Party, Feb. 13, endorsed North Philadelphia ward leader Daphne Goggins for mayor.

Philly GOP Re-Considering Black Female Candidate
Daphne Goggins

Not that it should matter, but Daphne is a black woman. She would be the first black woman to run for the city’s mayor with a major party endorsement.

Actually, she would be the first black woman endorsed by the city GOP for the office. Actually, she would be the first black endorsed by the city GOP for mayor, at least to our recollection.

Anyway, in a bizarre ham-handed move the Philly Republican boss Michael Meehan summoned ward leaders to reconsider. The vote to reconsider is scheduled for tonight, Feb. 18.

It would be the first time that the party reconsidered an endorsement vote.

The excuse is that Daphne is collecting federal disability payments. Not illegally or unfairly getting the money — there doesn’t seem any debate that she has fibromyalgia — but that she’s getting it.

Slick move Meehan. We think you want to lose. Really.

Why else would you discourage the blacks — many of whom think just like conservative whites — from participation?

It’s exactly like how suburban and rural Republican leaders try to drive out conservatives.

Just sayin’ but the city GOP leaders seem to do pretty good for themselves by finishing second.

Daphne Goggins To Be Rejected By Philly GOP?

Update: Daphne Goggins Keeps Endorsement

Fresh New Montco Republican Party Looms

Fresh New Montco Republican Party LoomsStan Cascio has let us know that 100 persons of varying political identities attended a soiree at his home to create a fresh new Republican Party of Montgomery County.

He says there were Tea Party conservatives, establishmentarians, two independents and one Democrat, whom he declined to name.

Among those in attendance were official GOP county head LIz Preate Harvey; the wonderful and influential Dom Giordano of WPHT; and county commissioner candidate Sean Gale, the brother of county commissioner and running mate Joe Gale .

Stan says everyone in the room agreed on 80 percent of things.

Stan says like-minded people — those who love freedom, hate corruption and lies, and recognize that rights are God-given — must unite else the neo-feudalists i.e. the New Democrat Socialist Party that holds that some animals are more equal than others will prevail.

Stan, who is running for county controller, said the county GOP has agreed to refrain from making endorsements this primary election.

Stan expressed disappointment about ads being run by the Gale brothers attacking the establishment.

“We must stop forming circular firing squads,” he said.

Stan had a great observation about border security and immigration vs illegal immigration.

“What if one one of the Democrats waiting to see Hamilton in Puerto Rico had someone butt in front of them in line?” he asked. “What would they do about it?”

Of course, we know the answer. Rules for thee but not for me.

Fresh New Montco Republican Party Looms
Fresh New Montco Republican Party Looms

Susan Jane Goldner Removed From Lower Gwynedd Post

Susan Jane Goldner Removed From Lower Gwynedd Post — Susan Jane Goldner had her hearing, Dec. 8 before the Montgomery County Republican Party’s Ministry of Justice. It lasted 20 minutes and, as expected, ended with her being kangarooed from her post as Lower Gwynedd committeewoman.  

Susan Jane Goldner Removed From Lower Gwynedd Post
Susan Jane’s labor will be lost.

Committeewoman is an elected position and she has held her post for five years. That means voters picked her twice.

“It is a sad day when a committeeperson like me gets removed in such a manner,” she said. “I will never apologize for being a hardline conservative and to think anyone can cast blame on me for why the moderate candidates lost so badly in this County is absurd.”

Ms. Goldner’s sins were Facebook posts criticizing — mildly, even constructively — Republican candidates last summer, and agreeing with a position held by a Libertarian candidate.

What she was saying was no different than what many (most) of the regular Republican voters were saying about this year’s  Pennsylvania GOP field — and the strange lack of support for them by the party establishment.

Ms. Goldner said she was not allowed to present a complete defense and the tribunal rejected a request for continuances made by two different lawyers.

Still, she says it may all be for the best.

“(I’m) glad I stood up to them after five years of watching shenanigans go down in this God-forsaken local GOP defunct party. They are why decent people stay out of politics.”

Questions for the geniuses that run the Montco Republican Party: Do you have someone to replace her? Do you understand that political parties depend on popularity which means the broadest base possible? What exactly has Ms. Goldner wrote that is not different than what is expressed by  many (most) of the voters whose support you seek  each November?

Montco GOP Purging Citizen Advocates

Montco GOP Purging Citizen Advocates
Montco GOP bosses want Susan Jane Goldner gone.

Montco GOP Purging Citizen Advocates — The feckless, reckless Montgomery County Republican Party is speeding their spiral into oblivion by chasing away citizen advocates who threaten the privileges of party loyalists who loyally support raids on the public treasury even when the raids harvest a lower net than senior partner, co-conspiring Democrats.

The latest purge victim is Susan Jane Goldner, who has been elected to her precinct committee post in Lower Gwynedd since 2013. Ms. Goldner is accused of violating party bylaws for sharing an Americans for Prosperity Facebook post criticizing a vote by Congressman and GOP Senate candidate Lou Barletta that massively hiked spending. She also allegedly  committed the sins of expressing support on Facebook for a position by Libertarian Senate candidate Dale Kerns who wants to stop making drug addicts criminals; and giving constructive criticism on Facebook concerning the stalled campaign of 4th District Congressional candidate Dan David, who would crash and burn in his  race to socialist Madeleine Dean.

Ms. Goldner has been summoned by GOP Chairwoman Elizabeth Preate Havey to appear before a disciplinary hearing on Dec. 8 where a kangaroo court is expected to remove her. She was given the bare minimum amount of time — five business days — to prepare her defense.

Ms. Goldner has said at least three fellow citizen activists –people interested in serving their neighbors not getting a job on the public payroll — have been pushed to quit since May.

This is a strong sign that the Montco political establishment is far more interested in being a fat junior partner than in governance.

A similar thing is happening in Chester County. 

Ms Goldner, in fact, says similar things are happening throughout the state.

What needs to be purged is the Republican leadership at all levels.
Montco GOP Purging Citizen Advocates