In a letter to current county party chairs in the 11th Congressional district, former Columbia County Republican Party Chair Bill Toth detailed issues he has with possible Congressional candidate Joe Peters.
Toth’s biggest issues stemmed from Peters’ actions in last year’s election.
“I last year’s primary, Joe Peters ran against the party endorsement of John Rafferty. After losing to Rafferty, Peters did the unthinkable – he endorsed the Democrat, Josh Shapiro for Attorney General. While Pennsylvania went for Donald Trump, Senator Rafferty lost by a small margin,” Toth wrote in the letter.
Toth believes Peters’ actions were in “his own self-interest” and demonstrated he will “switch loyalties when he doesn’t get what he wants.”
The letter will likely not have a huge effect on Peters’ decision to run, but is aimed to raise questions among party insiders about Peters. As the field for the 11th district gets more crowded, campaigns and activists will begin leaking more information like this on other candidates in the lead up to petition season next year.
Update: Peters did not address the attacks directly, choosing to wait until he officially declares for a race to respond.
“As I am not now a candidate for any office, I will defer comment on Mr. Toth’s attack on me until I make a final decision. In the meantime, let’s keep our focus on the GOP candidates running in next month’s election,” Peters said.
You can view the letter below.