Sterns to Toomey Office, Knepper to CAP
By Natalka Karaman, Contributing Writer
There’s a bit of a shakeup this week among central PA conservatives. Joe Sterns, the Executive Director at the Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania, will be leaving the group to join U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s staff as Central Pennsylvania Manager. Filling his position will be Leo Knepper, ex-state director for Heritage Action for America, the political affiliate of The Heritage Foundation.
CAP stated in their press release, “Joe’s departure is bittersweet. Over the last 18 months, he was instrumental in building CAP into a strong force for free markets and reform; indeed, we’ll miss him. CAP recognizes, however, that Joe will be a valuable asset to Sen. Toomey, who is one of our nation’s most effective champions of free market principles.”
Sterns commented, “I am thrilled to be going to work for Sen. Toomey, whose honesty and principled leadership I’ve always admired.”
He will resign his position as Chairman of the Schuylkill County GOP.
“So that I can devote myself to this position, the chairmanship of the Schuylkill County Republican Committee will pass seamlessly to the vice chairman, Larry Padora, a gifted leader ready and willing to steer the ship,” said Sterns.
Also according to the press release, Knepper is “a lifelong Pennsylvania resident and longtime free-market activist. He has built grassroots networks to fight against abuses in Pennsylvania government, including the infamous midnight pay raise. His passion for good government and America’s founding principles is nonpareil.”
“I couldn’t have asked to come on board with CAP at a better time. The 2010 elections saw an influx of free market, pro-taxpayer Representatives elected to the House and a lot of energy get infused into the conservative movement via the Tea Party,” said Knepper in an email.
“I look forward to working with folks like Representatives Bloom, Sacone, Simmons and others in the House and Senate who share the same vision CAP does when it comes to their support of Constitutionally limited government, right-to-work, tort reform and pension reform. We have a great opportunity to advance a pro-taxpayer, pro-growth agenda in Pennsylvania and I’m excited to be a part of it.”