Gleason officially announced today that he won’t be seeking another term as head of the PA GOP. His statement highlighted the recent gains of the party.
“Today, we swear in a Republican majority in the United States Senate including U.S. Senator Pat Toomey; a Republican majority in the United States House of Representatives including 13 Republicans from Pennsylvania; a Republican majority of 34 in the State Senate; a Republican majority of 121 in the State House of Representatives; and 53 county courthouses under Republican control,” he stated. “We are 17 days away from swearing in a Republican President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. I cannot think of a better time to celebrate more than a decade of working for the best grassroots organization in the country.”
“After my last reelection in 2013, I confided in my family, friends and closest advisors that this would be final term as Chairman,” Gleason continued. “I am very proud of the time and effort that I have invested to see our party be recognized as a model for the nation. We have fought against tough odds from voter registration, powerful special interests and an ever changing political climate to win key races year after year.”
Hopeful successors were already lining up to replace Gleason last summer. Chester County Chair Val DiGiorgio has so far made the biggest push to take over, even scoring the endorsement of Sen. Toomey, although General Counsel Lawrence Tabas is also running. There are indications that Gleason may actually prefer Tabas.
The election for the position will take place at the party’s annual winter meeting in Hershey on Feb. 4th.