Category Archives: PA State GOP

PA Primary Results: Hillary Wins Big, GOP Delegate Picture a Mess

First thoughts:  Well, Hillary won by 10.  I guess that means this superdelegate tracking is going to have to continue for a while.

Regarding the GOP delegate races, those results are a little spread out over the interwebs, so will require some time to aggregate.  My favored candidate for my district– Jim McHale– did not win, but he did OK.  Interestingly, in my district well-known insider Ken Davis, about whom many are less than enthused, was included on the GOP sample ballot as an endorsed delegate at the last second absent any appropriate vote, at least as far as this committeeman is aware.

While Mr. Davis did not win, he did siphon off 1300 votes which affected the ultimate results.  There could be an explanation for this, but the most thorough one I’ve heard thus far is there was a “mix-up”, so an endorsement fell upon him by fiat, like manna from heaven.  This will require more investigation.  A very polite e-mail to the chairman of the Chester County GOP has thus far gone unanswered.

As for the rest of the Commonwealth, I believe there are at least some unendorsed delegates who have been elected, and not all of them are Paul-bearers.  As Mr. Drudge says, developing…

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Tomorrow is Primary Day in PA

Well, team, tomorrow is primary day in Pennsylvania.  As you may have noticed, some of my projects here did not quite ripen.  Work, fishing, and volunteering for Admiral Steve Kantrowitz, who is running for PA Senate 19, have intervened.

There’s nothing in this post for voters in the Dem. primary.  Your vote matters, and if you’ve been paying attention there’s not much I can tell you about each candidate.  I could tell you about what PA’s superdelegates are doing, but that shouldn’t be part of your equation.

As for those casting a meaningless PA presidential primary ballot, my recommendation is this:  Remember, top of the ballot is legally meaningless, and the state GOP likes it that way.  Down the ballot you will vote for delegates to the convention, who will cast a vote for your district in St. Paul.

If you live in my district, vote for Jim McHale.  If you have the opportunity to vote for additional people, leave it blank.  Generally, avoid most of the people pledged to Ron Paul, although God bless them for running and absolutely vote for them if you dig Dr. Paul.  If you don’t, though, go to this page, also look at the GOP sample ballot you can get at your polling place, and vote for a person who is not endorsed by the party, and is not a Ron Paul supporter.

In my research I have determined it is those people who are most likely to have your district’s best interests at heart.  As a group, the greatest fault of those people is they are running mostly because they think it would be fun to be a delegate at the convention.  That’s their greatest fault.  How we could go wrong with a delegation like that, I don’t know.  Pass the bottle, and move to close!

The take away point from all this is what?  That when it comes to electing the president of the United States, Republicans have to do lots of research and attempt to guess who might best reflect their values by proxy.  If you wanted to design a system concentrating power and influence in the hands of people with roles the public doesn’t understand, this is it.

That’s not the way I think things should be done.  You?

GOP Superdelegate Project; Time; Local Campaigns

Dedicated readers will have noticed an interruption in my GOP superdelegate project.  To refresh your memory, I am endeavoring to make a matter of public record all people running to be GOP delegates from Pennsylvania to the national convention, and how they plan to dispose of their responsibilities there.

This is necessary because they are uncommitted, and the GOP seems pretty uninterested in providing this information to regular GOP voters.  You know, those people the party expects to pull straight GOP tickets with the same circumspection drunk grandmothers use at slot machines in Atlantic City.

Alas, both work and alternate political interests have slowed me down.  Among those interests are working for the GOP candidates in my area:  Admiral Steve Kantrowitz for PA Senate 19, Mr. Guy Ciarrocchi in PA House 157, and Representative Gerlach.  You will soon find links to their sites on the right.  Please note Guy’s official campaign site is not up just yet.

I resolve, though, to have a roughly complete list by the end of the month, giving voters three weeks to find it.  To that end, though, if anyone feels like helping, please get in touch at karlub at yahoo dot com.

GOP to PA Republicans: Go Pound Sand

John McCain now has all the pledged delegates he needs to become the GOP nominee to be president of the United States.  I plan to support him.

Of course, we got to this point without anyone asking a single Pennsylvania Republican to actually, you know, vote on it.  That’s not democracy.  It’s not democratic republicanism, even.  I guess it’s sort of an oligarchy.  Not that this stopped the PA GOP from offering an endorsement.  Oddly, I’m actually a committeeman, and still nobody ever asked me about it.

So, those elected in April to be delegates to the GOP convention should know that the nation at large doesn’t care about their votes.  So treat it with the regard party leaders show it, and formally abstain.  If told it is important for party unity that they vote for John McCain, suggest then that the party should act in a way that values their participation.

If told they should observe the will of their districts, happily agree.  Then say as there is no way for any of us to actually know the will of these districts, thus an abstention is the best possible choice.

GOP Committeeman to “petition the government for a redress of greivances.”

When calling up delegation candidates in Pennsylvania I was surprised how many did not reject the notion of a protest vote out of hand.  Many well known delegate candidates, including Fred Anton, David Dumayer, and Vito Canuso, were at least willing to entertain a protest abstention.  For those outside of PA, they are, respectively: A leading GOP activist and fundraiser, a township supervisor, and the chairman of the Philadelphia GOP.

Some well known folks who are not running to be members of the delegation, like representative Curt Schroeder, also happen to consider such a course of action within the pale, so to speak.

I was advised to put off acquiring and publishing information about those running to be delegates from Pennsylvania to the GOP National Convention until I could assist, instead, in the organized process run by the state GOP.  Turns out nobody knows of such an effort.

Therefore it seems to me I have no choice but to start freelancing again.  I will, of course, check with my local party leaders first.  But every voter with whom I’ve spoken thinks reform is necessary.  The system as currently crafted demands that voters know how delegation candidates plan to dispose themselves at the convention, and nobody seems to care all that much about providing voters this information.  Many delegation candidates I’ve contacted agree reform is necessary, and would consider a protest abstention.

I am left to conclude, then, this project is necessary.  Necessary to make this asinine system work as designed, necessary to promote reform, and necessary because nobody else cares to do it.  Furthermore, there is nothing divisive about it.  Any protest that results will be against our ridiculous primary system, not the presumptive GOP nominee for president.

GOP Delegate Project: Still Suspended

Just a quick update on my GOP delegate project:  Spent a few moments with the GOP Chester County Executive Director yesterday afternoon as I was plotting with our candidate of PA House 157 and our area’s brain trust.  Delightful group of folks, and a good time was had by all.  We are lucky to have Guy Ciarrocchi running.

Anyway, she mentioned she had not heard back from the State Committee yet on who was compiling GOP delegate information, and whether or not I could help them and publish the results here.  So I am going to be a dutiful soldier and accept my orders to do nothing on that project for a couple more days.

Remember, though, contacting all of these delegation candidates will be a big project, and take time.  If I don’t hear from them soon, I will have to start freelancing again.

And a quick note to party members who may be reading this:  I cannot be dissuaded from this project with an argument claiming delegates can’t possibly know in March what they will do at the convention in the summer.  This very case was forcefully made to me by one delegation candidate who clearly forgot that voters were supposed to evaluate candidates in April.

Absent some knowledge about how a delegation candidate plans to deport his or herself over the summer in St. Paul, how are voters in April supposed to decide who will represent them at the convention?  Ballot position and hair color?

Clinton Underfiled Her Pledged PA Delegates

Pennsylvania political guru and my rabbi on matters procedural, Terry Madonna, indirectly pointed out an article to me on how badly the Clinton campaign is scrambling here in Pennsylvania.

This piece indicates the recent petition extension by Ed Rendell had nothing to do with the weather and everything to do with the Clinton campaign’s incompetence.

Last week all primary petitions were due in Pennsylvania.  The weather was iffy in spots, but I drive a hinky Saab with 120k miles on it with only one headlight, and I managed to get my petitions in on time.

The Clinton campaign, though, did not manage to get a full slate of their pledged delegate petitions in on time.  Clinton supporter and Governor Ed Rendell gifted them a deadline extension, and they still ended up 10% short.

This does not affect the math any, as party rules indicate they will still get whatever is their due.  Still…Clinton has staked her campaign on success in Texas, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.  And this is the best they can muster?  Was everyone huddling on how best to manufacture specious plagiarism charges on Obama?

In the PA GOP presidential primary, delegate candidates are not attached to anyone, and have to run around under their own steam to get necessary signatures for their petitions.  Almost as many signatures as a representative in the General Assembly has to get!

The GOP overfiled by over 300% with over 190 delegates for 62 slots.  Clinton underfiled– after an extension– by 10%.

To steal Terry’s quip, maybe Hillary could borrow some of the GOP’s delegates.