Tea Party Activist Slams PAGOP Over Cambria County Flier

By Sari Heidenreich, Contributing Writer

Republicans sending out campaign fliers criticizing incumbent Republicans.

Isn’t that the sort of thing that, according to the bylaws, can get you removed from the Republican party, asked Berks County Committee Woman Cynthia Smith at the Republican State Committee Fall Meeting on Saturday.

Chairman Rob Gleason said, “It’s not an automatic” but rather the “basis from which a charge can be assessed and refereed to a committee who then makes a report.”

Gleason offered to set up a committee to look into the issue. Smith accepted his offer.

“I think it’s time we get the bylaws of the Republican party straight and I think it’s time that this party starts following their bylaws,” she said.

Also a member of the Tea Party group Berks County Patriots, Smith was specifically upset about a flier that was sent out to residents of Cambira County that stated that Republican County Commissioner Sam Valenty, “Might as well be a Democrat.”

Cambria is Gleason’s home county.

On the back, the flier presents “Real Republicans for County Commissioner”: Doug Lengenfelder and Mark Wissinger.

In the top left corner it says, “Paid for by Republican Party of Pennsylvania.”

Smith said the state committee has “interfered in quite a few local government politics,” using endorsements to take the primary elections “out of the hands of the voters.”

But Pennsylvania GOP Spokeswoman Valerie Caras said “When county parties make endorsements at the local level, some appeal to the State Party for support. In this case, Mark Wissinger and Doug Lengenfelder were endorsed by the local committee.”

“Considering Sam Valenty’s outrageous 100% voting record with Democrats (that’s 800 out of 800 times), we were happy to work towards electing conservative Republicans to the Cambria courthouse.”

Valenty finished third in the three-way primary, 13.4 percent behind Lengenfelder.

11 Responses

  1. PATRIOTS CALL UPON PAGOP TO APPOINT SPECIAL INVESTIGATOR TO EXAMINE VALENTYGATE

    We PATRIOTS know the GleasonMachine. You cannot expect them to investigate themselves. We call upon the PAGOP to appoint a fair and independent GOP person of stature and fairness to opine on this critical issue.

  2. THORNBURGH WINS PATRIOTS STRAW POLL TO BECOME PAGOP SPECIAL INVESTIGATOR OF VALENTYGATE
    PATRIOTS, we have been flooded with votes. By far former US ATTORNEY GENERAL and GOVERNOR Dick Thornburgh received the most votes to conduct a thorough fair and independent investigation of the current PAGOP leadership and its VALENTYGATE scandal. Second was Former Governor Tom Ridge and in third place was Congressman Pat Meehan. Once again, Mr. Thornburgh, you are being called upon to serve your party and PENNSYLVANIA’s citizens. Only a fair and independent investigation of VALENTYGATE will insure the future of our Party as the PARTY OF PRINCIPLE and allow men and women of PRINCIPLE to serve their local communities.

  3. “Considering Sam Valenty’s outrageous 100% voting record with Democrats (that’s 800 out of 800 times), we were happy to work towards electing conservative Republicans to the Cambria courthouse.”

    Ms. Caras if these were your words, I have a few questions for you.

    Do you know what the word CONSERVATIVE means? If you do, could you please explain to me how or why you plan to run a “DEMOCRAT” against Casey? In case you don’t know the answer, I’ll give you a hint.

    It synonymous with GREED, GREEN, POWER, CORRUPTION AND STARTS WITH A M AND ENDS WITH A Y!!!!!!!!!!! AND IT’S WHAT ALL POLITICIANS AND POLITICAL PARTIES ARE ABOUT.

  4. WHAT ABOUT THE TYRANNY LAWSUIT AGAINST VALENTY FILED BY YOUR FINANCE CHAIR’S ASSISTANT, Ms. CARAS???
    We Patriots are very familiar with the GleasonMachine Tyranny lawsuit filed by PAGOP Finance Chair’s assistant, Patty Kiniry. We PATRIOTS surmise that this had little to do with voter fraud. We believe it was a cheap trick to keep an independent TEA PARTY guy, the only Cambria GOP candidate with real business experience, off the Fall ballot. Ms. Caras: Who paid for those expensive Philly lawyers? Please Disclose.

  5. Rob Gleason is the Democrat’s best friend in Cambria County. He’s openly supported the late Congressman Murtha and his cousin a Democrat represents the city of Johnstown.

  6. “The penalty good men shall pay for not being interested in politics is to governd by men worse than themselves.” Plato 350b.c. I tell you that the more I watch and learn, the more I see that politics is an ugly buss. If the republican party doesn’t stand for conservative principles quickly, I’m afraid a third party will materialize. It will have to be so.

  7. the also refuses to allow an election for chairperson to take place, he currently is serving without being duely elected

  8. Okay, I’m lost. The PA GOP has spent big $$$ sending negative hit pieces against Republican candidates, including Sam Rohrer, Mike Folmer, John Eichelberger, and Jackie Shogan. Yet the PA GOP Chairman claims that such actions may be against the bylaws?!?

    The current PA GOP Chairman was asked several years ago to stop this destructive practice of sending negative hit pieces against fellow Republicans, and he refused.

  9. I think if PoliticsPA wants to be known as a quality site, they should at least try spelling correctly. Especially things like county names.

    Three misspellings in first three sentences.

    As for the charges, I would think if Tea Party members would be happy to rid of a tax-raising, spending-increasing County Commissioner. Apparently, these Tea Party members have been corrupted by the pursuit of power (either gaining more or knocking off those in.)

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