Chairman Robert Kerr is running a just-turned 18 year-old Freedom High School Senior against Craig DeFranco, a party stalwart. But Kerr wants people he can control. He's already eliminated the worker bees, people like Dottie Niklos and Mary Barket. They've even been anonymously derided, on this blog, by a Robert Kerr toadie.
These people that you refer to as worker bees are the biggest bunch of belligerent, self serving trouble makers that NorCo has been cursed with. One is drunk at meetings, the other abuses her husband and these people hate robert kerr because he got them a new office.Niklos and Barket are trying to figure out which one is the drunk and which one the husband-beater. I asked them, and they beat me up.
Kerr has also fired long-time Solicitor Brian Monahan, who never charged the party a dime. Kerr has also moved the offices out of Nazareth, and now, he's installing his own leadership.
Teg Hughes, who has been the party's Slate Belt backbone, has been fired as their area Chair because he's unable to meet with the clique when his work schedule conflicts. Never mind that nobody does more than he when it comes to distributing yard signs and working for candidates.
At a Saturday breakfast meeting with some of his power elite, Kerr is also focused on how to get rid of Ron Angle and Lee Snover, who sit on the party's Executive Committee. They could probably get away with dumping Angle. But Snover is an elected State committeeperson, and under their by-laws, has an automatic seat on their board.
The reason he wants to remove Angle and Snover is they ask questions. "He wants full control," I've been told by a Committeeperson at this little breakfast. "If you are not on his side, you are the enemy and must be dealt with severely."
While focusing all his energy on dumping Angle and Snover, he is actually encouraging Tricia Mezzacappa to run. An Easton police report* clearly describes her as a racist who would not hesitate to use her official position to retaliate against those who do not do her bidding, as she did to a police officer who refused to follow her directions.
One person who is apparently outraged and concerned about the direction of the party is County Council member Peg Ferraro. She's up for re-election this year, and could lose to Mezzacappa. Worse yet, she could be stuck on the ballot with her. That would make her a sitting duck for an inevitable Democratic onslaught that will tie Mezzacappa to every Republican seeking office.
Dem party boss Walt Garvin, who does pretty much the same thing as Kerr in his own party, has to be thrilled at this complete disintegration.
Since this meeting will take place in the people's building, I have a right to be there and will attend.
I've asked Robert Kerr and Treasurer Tony Simao to respond to the accusations that they have essentially become control freaks.
* That Easton police report might be the most-read police report in Easton's history. According to Scribd, it's had 10,200 views in its embedded form, along with 589 separate reads.