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Corman to Challenge Pileggi for Majority Leader

CormanThere’s a leadership battle brewing in Harrisburg.

Despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that Senate Republicans increased their majority by three seats, Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi will be facing a challenge from within his caucus.

According to a report from the Associated Press, Appropriations Committee Chairman Jake Corman will attempt to dethrone Pileggi.

Pileggi won the position over Corman in 2006, but conservatives believe the numbers are now more in their favor.

One particular sticking point is that conservatives feel Southeastern Republican Senators have been holding the agenda back. Corman is from Centre County while Pileggi hails from Delaware County.

York Republican Senator Scott Wagner first declared his opposition to Pileggi back in September, suggesting this revolt has been developing for some time.

5 Responses

  1. If Republicans are ever going to move legislation–including privatizing of the alcohol industry–we have to marginalize Republican Senators from the SE region.

    Replacing Pileggi is a good start–but we’ll have to replace Wolf as well. And sadly, that will take 4 years.

  2. DELCO Observer-

    Well, either freed from the stranglehold or just willing to team up in order to regain some control. The enemy of my enemy is sometimes my friend.

  3. Word has it that Senator Chuck McIlhinney, a Southeast Republican Senator is selling out Dominic Pileggi for leader in order to get a pay raise and be appointed to leadership. I’ve always supported Chuck, but I can’t support a snake. Primary McIlhinney.

  4. may be the best thing for the state because persons like Pileggi here in the SE will be freed from the stranglehold of the Tea Party that controls the GOP and can partner with the 20 Dem Senators in the Senate to move legislation that makes sense…a coalition of 25 plus the Lt Gov. can move legislation!

  5. Definitely “because of”. They will succeed and it will be the beginning of the end of Republican domination of the state Senate as the wingnuts do what they do best: force the GOP to shoot itself in the foot.

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