Friday, April 30, 2010

PA-3: Mercer County GOP Chair "Helps" Kelly

Keep in mind that the Mercer County GOP has claimed that they are neutral during the primary...

The latest "meet the candidates" function was held at the Hempfield Township Fire Department. (Here's a writeup from The Herald.) Each candidate had a chance to speak for a handful of minutes. Paul Huber did his part, referring to the people in the district as his team. He called the people in the audience his team. It was a great way to call people to action and make them feel involved.

At the end of the final speech, Mercer County GOP chairman David King stood up and asked the audience for a round of applause for the candidates. As people applauded, King leaned into the microphone, looked over at the candidates, and said "This is your team, Mike!" King quickly corrected himself by referring to the audience as the team for all of the candidates.

But the cat was out of the bag. The horse was out of the barn. The shoe was firmly in his mouth.

You may recall when I reported how King called Kelly "our candidate"...

At some point, you would think the Mercer County GOP would be honest and admit that they are backing Kelly. It's time to stop pretending that they are neutral. No one - I repeat, NO ONE - believes it. It's time to stop misleading the voters. If they can't be honest, King MUST resign.


Anonymous said...

I agree with you Rich that the Mercer GOP dance-around-the-fire inner circle just can't conduct itself honestly. The Mercer GOP incumbents are quite content with Dave King since he does their bidding (and shame on him) and he finds pleasure in the approval of the Robbins-Richardson and allies as "friends". He is misguided, and I realize that I am being kind.

The King-Kelly connection may possibly be through King family members from Butler County, all Republicans. Of course any candidate endorsed by David King would require the nod from Bob Robbins, who maintains an obsessive control of the Mercer GOP. As far as I'm concerned, this is a disadvantage to Mike, who is not a bad guy but in my view not the best GOP candidate.

There are only 52 GOP supporters who completed petitions to be Mercer GOP precinct committee persons. That says it all. No one wants to be led by people that you can't trust.

Cordially, (from a fellow lighting rod)

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if anyone else caught that...!
As someone wanting to make change in the party it is always disappointing when the leadership cannot quite run a fair "open forum" and spends a lot of time promoting themselves.