Pat Poprik Nearly Bucked In Bucks — Barry Casper almost upset long-time Chairwoman Pat Poprik in yesterday’s (June 25) election of officers for the Bucks County Republican Committee.
It was the first challenge to a county party chairman in memory.
Casper got about 140 votes. It was uncertain how many Ms. Poprik received. There are 608 committee seats and just over 400 votes were cast. There were 111 committeepeople elected in the May primary. Soon after, however, Ms. Poprik filled more than 50 others via appointments.
The election included heated procedural disputes and those running things appeared oblivious to Roberts Rules of Order.
The disputes were such that Ms. Poprik pledged to convene a committee to address changing the party bylaws. This was also something that had not occurred in memory and Casper conveyed that this was a step in the right direction.
The votes were taken by roll call. Many of those voting depend on the party for jobs.
Also one voter, Mike Brill, cast 45 proxy votes, while another cast 35.
The Casper faction’s goals are described on BucksFirst.com.
After the vote, Casper congratulated Ms. Poprik and both agreed to work together for the November election.
Casper has been tasked to oversee the Doug Mastriano gubernatorial campaign in Bucks, along with Liz Diehl, Audrey Strein, and Roni Arooj.
A grassroots earthquake is being felt throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Stan Casacio, supported by grassroots activists, nearly upset Montgomery County GOP Chairwoman Liz Havey, June 23, in the party’s officer election