The Pa. Republican Party will gather for its Lincoln Day Dinner Friday night in Hershey, and again early Saturday morning to elect a new Chair, and endorse its slate of statewide judicial races.
The judicial endorsements look like they will go relatively smoothly based on straw poll results from the caucus meetings.
The main event on Saturday morning is the contested Chairman’s race, which drew endorsements from a U.S. Senator, State Senate and House leadership, a immensely popular Reader Poll, and a very close straw poll results. which has been a topic of much discussion by Party insiders.
PoliticsPA has learned that both Chairman candidates Lawrence Tabas and Val DiGiorgio will be hosting receptions Friday night. We have not heard word of any of the 2017 judicial candidates, or 2018 candidates for Governor or U.S. Senate hosting any events.
DiGiorgio’s reception is being joined by Senate Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, Majority Leader Jake Corman, House Speaker Mike Turzai, House Majority Leader Dave Reed, and Republican National Committeeman Bob Asher. He also lays out a list of State Party Members who will be attending the reception. The reception will run from 9 p.m. onwards.
Tabas’s reception is a Super Bowl Tailgate themed reception that will be running from 9 p.m. onwards.
Senator and gubernatorial hopeful Scott Wagner (R-York) will keynote speaker the Friday night dinner, along with Chairman Rob Gleason.
The full agenda is below:
Friday, February 3rd
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration Confection Office
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. County Chair Lunch Sponsored by Chairman Gleason and Vice Chair Haas
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. REDsylvania Join PA GOP Political Director Cody Harbaugh for a review of our historic victories in 2016 and how we achieved them, as well as a look ahead to the important races in 2017.
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 2017 Judicial Candidate Forum. The statewide Republican candidates 2017 gather to discuss their campaigns and why they’re the best choice for Pennsylvania.
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Resolutions Committee Meeting*Resolutions Committee Members Only*
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. New Majority Council Meeting
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. PA GOP Leadership Committee Meeting*Leadership Committee Members Only*
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. General Reception
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. VIP Photo Reception
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Lincoln Day Dinner with Special Guest Scott Wagner
9:00 p.m. Super Bowl Tailgate Late Night Reception with Lawrence Tabas
9:00 p.m. Val Digiorgio Reception honoring the 2017 Judicial Candidates
Saturday, February 4,
7:30 a.m. Southwest Caucus Breakfast
7:30 a.m. Central Caucus Breakfast
7:30 a.m. Northwest Caucus Breakfast
7:30 a.m. Northeast Caucus Breakfast
7:30 a.m. Northeast Central Caucus Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Southeast Caucus Breakfast
9:30 a.m. General Meeting of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania
Saturday’s updates will be provided by Congressman Keith Rothfus (R-Allegheny), State Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre), and Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny).
Disclosure: The author formerly worked for the Pa. Republican Party.