|Craig DeFranco and Lee Snover|
In a sign that much of the division within the NorCo GOP may be over, Lee's election was nearly unanimous.
A resident of Bethlehem Township, Lee is Chair of Bethlehem Township's Planning Commission, where she's developed a reputation as a fair and transparent facilitator. In fact, Commissioners and Bethlehem's Planning Commission recently adopted a public comment policy based on procedures she put in place.
But make no mistake, Snover is a shrewd political animal with excellent instincts. She is a veteran of many political contests, helping to put a lot of people in office.
She is one of the few party honchos I know who really could prosper as a consultant.
Politically, Lee and I have nothing in common. She is pro-life, pro-NRA and was one of Donald Trump's early supporters She is also smart and has a biting wit that she gets from her mother, Sally Pritchard.
The vote placing her at the helm of the County GOP came on her birthday.
She tells me she just turned 22.
Snover was nominated by NorCo Bulldog Ron Angle. When he first ran for office, Charlie Roberts told Ron he should sit down with the Pritchards. He failed to do so and lost. He sits down with them a lot now. He claims they believe in three things - God, country and the Republican Party.
I made the mistake of calling Sally Pritchard a closet Democrat last night, and she vivisected me with a devastating criticism of me and my blog and for being too soft on Charlie Dent, who recently voted against a bill that would prevent transgenders from going tinkle in ladies' restrooms.
"But he's a Republican," I tried to argue.
"You must not have any children," Sally retorted. My head was spinning before the night was over, and that instigator Ron Angle, who doesn't read my blog and may not even read at all, piped in with "She has your number, Bernie. You do go easy on people"
When I got home, I tried to commit suicide by jumping out the window. But since I live on a second floor, I only succeeded in cracking the sidewalk.
Contrary to popular belief, I believe Democrats in Pennsylvania will have an uphill battle this election cycle. I see little enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton, but many enthusiastic Trump supporters. Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who faces perjury charges, goes on trial in August. That will be just as the election starts to heat up. Democratic US Congressman Chaka Fattah is currently in the middle of a political corruption trial in Philadelphia. Charges against a Democratic State Representative and State Senator have been filed. Harrisburg's former Democratic Mayor faces a trial on corruption charges. Ed Rendell's former Chief of Staff and the former Democratic State Senator have entered guilty pleas, and I expect to see more indictments soon in Allentown and Reading.
This is going to hurt. A lot. I would not be surprised if Republicans sweep this November
Lee Snover will do everything she can to put Republicans in office. Underestimate her at your peril.
Glenn Geissinger was elected Vice Chair.