PA GOP Committee Meeting Preview

Source: Hershey Lodge
Source: Hershey Lodge

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.  

PoliticsPA will be there for the whole event, follow our Twitter account, and our Managing Editor’s Twitter account for live updates during the event.  

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.

9 Responses

  1. @ G:

    America is not “starting a war with Iran” because you should have recognized that the provocations that have been increasing are due to the resolute pacifism of BHO.

  2. Hey lib guy, It is the liberals that have plundered America’s productive sector to the point that our GDP is so low we can’t pay back our debt, jobs are scarce and America doesn’t have the wealth generating capacity to adequately care for itself or the needy without borrowing from other countries. The Republicans want to improve America’s productive sector, make way for good long lasting jobs and strengthen the nation and you call that “selfish”. If that is your understanding, you need to broaden your scope to understand how the world really works before humiliating yourself with unsupportable statements and snide remarks. If the libs actually cared for “the people” like they claim, they would abandon their “I’m not getting my fair share” philosophy and promote legislation to strengthen America’s domestic productivity and strength the nation instead of expending its energy and resources to maintain the illusion of being “for the people”! Strengthen America and everybody benefits. If you continue to plunder what is left of America’s productive infrastructure for short term political gain we are all going down the tubes!

  3. Val is hurting his chance by having all the “politicians” there. This is exactly what the people don’t want. These ego maniacs think they are more important than they really are. Tomorrow’s vote should also put the politicians on notice….

  4. The Democrats are brilliant at PR. Unfortunately the Republicans don’t have a clue and as far as the past goes, they don’t want one. It has been a top down organization and that philosophy has hurt us. There are a lot of dedicated committee people in PA with the abilities and recourses to improve the conservative message. These people have been ignored. I hope that the next chair has the vision, commitment and ability to “improve” the party’s image. BTW, PR 101, “Notice I did not say change”, I have had all the “change” I can stand! The old school idea of limiting our message to the base and not effectively addressing the spin from the Democrats has diminished the general public’s opinion of the Republican philosophy. Therefore, our candidates get less votes. Lets start by eliminating “change” (that simply means different) and start practicing good PR by substituting “improve” when talking about the benefits of Republican philosophy. More later, but first lets see what happens.

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