Val DiGiorgio’s tenure as Chair of Pennsylvania’s Republican Party officially ended yesterday when he resigned after the Philadelphia Inquirer’s report of him exchanging sexually charged messages and an “explicit photo” with Philadelphia Republican Council candidate, Irina Goldstein.
DiGiorgio’s exit means an important race for who will lead the party in the state prior to President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection effort. Will the next chair be a Trump ally or someone with party roots prior to the President carrying the state?
A number of influential Republicans are reportedly being discussed as a replacement to lead the party for the next election cycle. Some of the names that have surfaced thus far are former Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Luzerne), former state GOP general counsel Lawrence Tabas, vice chair of the PAGOP Bernie Comfort, former state director for Trump’s 2016 campaign Ted Christian, and former state Rep. Gordon Denlinger (R-Lancaster).
Montgomery County GOP Chair Elizabeth Preate Havey, who was reportedly being discussed as a candidate for the position, reached out to PoliticsPA to confirm she is definitively not seeking the PAGOP Chair. She had 214 votes in the poll before her name was removed. Chairman of the Southeast PA GOP caucus Andy Reilly was also reportedly mentioned as a candidate to succeed DiGiorgio, but a spokesperson for him contacted PoliticsPA to confirm that he is also not seeking the PAGOP Chair. He had 424 votes in the poll before his name was removed.
So we ask: Who Should Be the Next PAGOP Chair?
The poll will close at 4:30 pm on July 3.
This article was updated with a comment from Elizabeth Preate Havey and Andy Reilly ruling out a run for the position.
Reader Poll: Who Should Be The Next PAGOP Chair?
- Lawrence Tabas (58%)
- Ted Christian (32%)
- Bernie Comfort (6%)
- Lou Barletta (3%)
- Someone Else (2%)
- Gordon Denlinger (1%)