PA GOP Chairman’s Update – February 10, 2019

Dear supporters, friends, and those interested in the Republican Party of Pennsylvania:

The Republican Party of Pennsylvania had an incredibly busy week getting out our message, growing our Party, and engaging with key connections to further our priorities.

Tuesday, for what I thought was possibly the best speech of his Presidency, I was so happy to see so many grassroots Republican organizations across Pennsylvania holding watch parties for President Trump’s 2019 State of the Union Address.

As I told the media this week:  I could not be more proud to support the President’s agenda. Whether it’s his concern for keeping Americans safe, advocating for innocent life, or his strenuous defense of liberty and American interests, President Trump demonstrated why he should be re-elected. 

Immediately following the address, I was out in the Pittsburgh area where I talked to several media outlets about the great work the President is doing, the message of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, and how Republicans will be working as a coordinated force over the next two years to keep Pennsylvania red and re-elect President Trump.

We were also honored to be joined by Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati at a Commonwealth Club luncheon on Thursday in Pittsburgh.

It’s always great to hear Sen. Scarnati’s inspiring insights into the state of the Party and what Republicans in the Pennsylvania Senate are doing to advance our Party’s priorities and protect taxpayers against Tom Wolf’s penchant for overspending and wanton disregard for policies that spur private sector growth.

For instance, in the budget he unveiled this week, Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed spending growth that outpaces natural revenue growth, seeks to hold hostage our natural gas industry with an ill-advised tax and borrow plan, and continued calling for an unfunded mandate on our counties to buy new voting machines without making the case for their necessity.

Our Republican majorities in the Pennsylvania General Assembly must continue to work to right-size government, protect the integrity of local government services by reducing unfunded mandates, and work to maintain the nationwide economic boom in Pennsylvania.

This week we also called on federal and state authorities to further investigate Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Kevin Dougherty, who—as was reported in the media this week—received the same union-paid benefits his brother, John Dougherty, was indicted for last week.

The Democrats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court have an attenuated relationship with ethics, be it the most recent news about Justice Dougherty, or the revelations last year that Justice David Wecht campaigned on drawing new legislative lines in violation of judicial campaign ethics, it is incumbent upon Republicans to make sure our courts are filled with the best judges possible.

That’s why last week we selected two incredible candidates for open spots on the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Both Judge Christylee Peck and prosecutor Megan King are lawyers of the highest ethical order, recommended by the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and have records of standing up for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable.

I’m looking forward to doing everything we can to see they are elected this year as Republicans begin to take back Pennsylvania’s courts.

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Val DiGiorgio


Republican Party of Pennsylvania