The Lehigh County Republican Party is calling a meeting in order to vote on a censure motion against both Senators.
Members of the local party are upset with Sens. Browne and Mensch for voting against an amendment proposed by Senator Wagner. Wagner’s amendment was in support of “paycheck protection” legislation, which would curtail the ability of labor unions to collect membership dues.
This news comes amidst a battle over leadership of the Senate GOP caucus.
The Senators are both part of the effort, led by Sen. Jake Corman, to replace Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi and the current GOP leadership.
Senator Browne is running for Chair of the Appropriations Committee while Senator Mensch is attempting to become Caucus Chairman.
As a result, any attempt to make them appear less conservative plays into the heads of the current party leadership.
Labor has been perhaps the biggest source of contention in the Republican caucus. It was the central rationale to Sen. Wagner’s September missive to Sen. Pileggi and one PAC Chairman even blamed the relationship between unions and the Senate GOP leadership for Gov. Corbett’s loss.
Therefore, by pointing out that two members of the insurgents voted no on anti-union legislation, the Lehigh County GOP is trying to undermine their cause.
Representatives of Senators Browne and Mensch have yet to respond to PoliticsPA’s request for comment.
All legislative leadership elections are scheduled to take place tomorrow.