Shakeup at Montco GOP: Kerns Out, Vereb In
Following a week of rumors about a sexual assault charge, Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman Bob Kerns resigned his post abruptly on Thursday.
No charges have yet been filed, but several Republican insiders said Kerns, 66, is accused of assaulting a middle aged woman employed by his law firm after a party on October 25.
“The Montgomery County Republican Committee (MCRC) today received the resignation of its chairman, Robert J. Kerns,” party executive director John Kelemen said in a press release.
“MCRC has no comment on media reports related to a possible criminal investigation of Mr. Kerns unrelated to his duties as chairman.”
The sensational news follows a busy month in Montco GOP politics. Party leaders including Gov. Tom Corbett helped broker a truce to end a long-running personal feud between two of the county’s biggest Republican fundraisers, Bob Asher and Vahan Gureghian.
Kerns and Asher had long been at odds.
As Republicans feuded over the past several years, Montgomery County Democrats made major inroads and now control local government.
State Rep. Mike Vereb also played a major role in getting both sides to the table.
He told several Republicans that he planned to seek the post of Chairman.
Republican County Commissioner Bruce Castor said he supported Vereb’s bid, and that Vereb was unopposed for the position.
“Rep. Mike Vereb and I have been speaking since yesterday afternoon. I have agreed to support him for MCRC Chairman. That agreement has cleared the field, and Mike will be the next Chairman,” Castor said.
“I’m confident Mike has the relationships to heal old wounds and get our party moving again. I thank party leaders from all spectra of the GOP for their willingness to rally around Mike Vereb.”