Poor Lawrence Tabas. He faces a Republican mess in Butler County.
The Pennsylvania GOP Chairman’s head must be spinning 360 degrees 24/7.
Butler County is a GOP stronghold north of Pittsburgh.
MAGA Republicans took control of the party last summer with Gary Vanasdale becoming chairman.
The May 16 primary occurred without controversy and District Attorney Richard Goldinger, who held the post since 2007, appeared to be waltzing to another term without a Democrat to be seen in oppostion.
But then Vanasdale’s wife, Jennifer, decided to run against him as an independent claiming he was soft on crime.
The howls quickly came and the State Party heard them.
Vanasdale offered to take a leave of absence until after the election with Internal Vice Chairman Chester Jack filling in.
Not good enough said the State Party.
It demanded that Vanasdale support Goldinger over his wife and that was something he wouldn’t do.
And now according to Corey Check –who had chaired the county’s Southeast District until a few days ago — the State Party has dissolved the county party and is holding a reorganization meeting next Monday, Sept. 25.
Check suspects the motive is deeper and uglier than just maintaining party discipline.
“The establishment is united to maintain the status quo,” said Check. “This is our fundamental disagreement. We want to change the status quo and let the people decide.”
Check, who is 21, thinks party leadership’s motivation is power and not service. He says they are not encouraging youth involvement unlike the Democrats.
The kids, though, are taking their own initiative.
Check notes that three 20-something conservatives ran in GOP ballot in Butler, this primary.
Really Larry, the smart play would have been to keep your nose out of it and let Chester Jack handle things until after the election. Vanasdale’s side won fair and square last summer, after all.
Republican Mess In Butler County Pa