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Central Caucus Makes GOP Recommendations

081025_gop_logoThe PA Republican Party’s Central Caucus held a straw poll over the weekend concerning the 2017 judicial elections.

The full tally is included below:

Supreme Court (1)
Sally Mundy 59
Judy Olson 37

Superior Court (4)
Wade Kegarise 79
Paula Patrick 74
Emil Giordano 72
Craig Stedman 68
Rebecca Warren 45
Carmen Minora 6
Ray Tonkin 3
David Barton 1
Mary Murray 0

Commonwealth Court (2)
Christine Cannon 84
Paul Lalley 76
Mike Wofford 12
Ken Suter 9

The assembled members also considered whether to hear from two prospective candidates for the next PA GOP Chair, Val DiGiorgio and Lawrence Tabas. That vote, 50-35, fell short of a supermajority.

There are twenty-four counties that make up the Republican Party’s Central Caucus: Adams, Berks, Bedford, Blair, Centre, Clearfield, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Sullivan, Union, York.

11 Responses

  1. Why doeshould a post about a website regarding one of the judicial candidates keep disappearing? It is public information. I guess I will just have to send this to all the committee members and run a media ad. It will come out! Go to

  2. Since Minora is my brother and for the record his health is excellent. He is a cancer survivor,colon, of over 13 years. He is fully cured and has had no reoccurrence.

  3. You have to love committee members who have the hubris/arrogance to call him/herself “educated” but doesn’t have the courage to actually identify him/herself and posts under a pseudonym!

  4. Find it interesting one says here he has received calls from (those he named) asking him to support their choices in candidates. I am also a committee member in a different Caucus and as yet have received no calls.

  5. I’m a committee person and I received a few calls from a few ranking republicans “pushing” some candidates. I had Corman call me endorsing Sally Mundy, which is a joke. Corman cuts a deal with Wolfe to get Mundy to the Supreme Court and Mundy has huge money from her hubby’s trial lawyers. Corman is obviously getting a cut of that money. I played nicey nicey on the phone with him, but I know his game. What a crook. Vote for Olson…she has integrity. I also received a call from washed up Lt. Gov. Cawley, who was pushing Kagarise???? This pissed me off. I will not be voting for him either this weekend. I am a mole and will expose all of you.

  6. Committee members should vet these candidates more to find out what they are all about. Here’s my insight:

    1)Kagarise – Never won an election (ran uncontested), not enough experience in my opinion. Zero name recognition. He’s a nice guy and a judge, but I’m afraid a statewide race will be difficult for him.
    2)Giordano – He’s a good candidate with name recognition. Plus he’s likable and a judge. Problem with him is that he had trouble raising money last race. This could hurt him.
    3)Patrick – Was a democrat for years, but she is a judge in Philadelphia and a female. Female’s do better in elections.
    4)Stedman – Has no experience except for being a prosecutor. Running on “law and order.” A judge needs to be well rounded and not biased. He is clearly one-sided, which will kill him in the general election. The PBA panel will expose this.
    5)Warren – Needs to get at least recommended from PBA Panel to have a chance. This hurt her last time. Has a lot of experience in various fields and she has statewide name recognition. Plus she is a woman.
    6) Tonkin – Lost his primary race for DA, but won on democratic side as a write-in. Touts his Frein case, but PSP would not support him in his DA race. This is bad news and he should drop. The dems will have a field day with negative adds aimed at him. He would hurt the ticket.
    7)Minora – He said in an interview that he was resigning from being a judge because he thought he was going to die. Health is not good.
    8)Barton – a DJ should not be in this race, in my opinion. No experience.
    9)Murray – same as #8 above.

    COMMITTEE PEOPLE, do your homework and get to know the candidates! This isn’t a popularity contest and you shouldn’t vote for someone because your senator or representative recommends them. The party needs a strong ticket with people who can raise money, win, and who have experience. My choices right now based on my research are Kagarise, Patrick, Giordano, and Warren.

  7. Maybe the emphasis should be on qualification and integrity rather than popularity. Look what your thinking brought us for POTUS. A useful idiot beholden to Putin. But great ratings though.

  8. Why they wouldn’t want to hear from the gentlemen running to be their next party chairman (in a race that will be decided next month) baffles me. Just let that sink in…. It’s no wonder the PAGOP is a wreck.

  9. This endorsement process is a big part of the reason why the GOP loses low profile statewide elections. In these races where the candidates have little or no name recognition, they would be better served by having an open, competitive primary rather than forcing these weak underfunded candidates through to November. Why is state committee afraid of letting the Republican primary voters decide whom to support?

  10. Start digging, media. You are sure to find me all over these guys and gals. After all, they are GOP.

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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