Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Don't count the county commissioner out just yet.
As Patch has previously reported, Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce Castor is still undecided on whether to run or not in the 2014 Pennsylvania governor race. Castor's run against current Republican Gov. Tom Corbett once before, and it is unclear if he'll make a run in the coming year's primary. According to TribLive.com, Castor may want a rematch of the 2004 attorney general primaries. Castor told the Trib "he doesn't want the GOP to repeat the mistake it made in 2006 by backing then-Sen. Rick Santorum for re-election." "Castor, 51, called Corbett a 'ham-handed' politician who has failed to deliver on a conservative agenda," said the Trib. "He said Corbett blew his opportunity to push through conservative priorities, such as a right-to…
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Castor said he began considering a run for governor after the fall elections. He says his campaign against Corbett would not be a 'grudge match.'
Wednesday, January 23
Bruce Castor, the minority Republican member of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, started "sticking his toe" in the waters of the 2014 race for Pennsylvania governor after the fall elections. "Now," Castor said in a video interview with Pennsylvania Cable Network, "it's more up to the ankles." Castor said he saw the defeat of a slate of candidates who he said were largely selected by Corbett as a referendum on the Governor's platform. "The Governor has expended his political capital, but not on the things that we care about or the things that he campaigned on," Castor said, citing pension reform, property tax reform, and right-to-work legislation as examples. Castor said the national economic recovery has proceeded "three times…
Saturday, November 3, 2012
The Morning Call reported Thursday night that Mitt Romney is planning a visit to Shady Brook Farm in Lower Makefield on Sunday.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will visit Bucks County just two days before Election Day, The Morning Call reported Thursday night. Romney will hold a rally at Shady Brook Farm Sunday beginning at 5:30 p.m. Shady Brook Farm is at located 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley. (Use Morrisville in your GPS.) Tickets for the Romney rally are free and can be obtained by clicking this link. Reporter Colby Itkowitz of The Morning Call's Washington, D.C. bureau wrote the visit is "the strongest evidence yet of Romney making a last-second play for the state." "Until now, Romney largely has ignored Pennsylvania and its 20 electoral college votes on the belief that the Democrat-leaning state could not be swayed. Fresh polls have shown the race…
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Mayors of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Allentown weigh in on Romney's running mate.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
The Democratic National Committee Rapid Response Team issued a release on Sunday featuring statements from three Pennsylvania mayors – Philadelphia's Michael Nutter, Pittsburgh's Luke Ravenstahl and Allentown's Ed Pawlowski – on Mitt Romney's choice of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan as running mate. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter: "If there was any doubt that Mitt Romney was the wrong choice for people in Philadelphia and cities across this country, today’s pick of Paul Ryan as a running mate makes it crystal clear just how wrong his priorities are. The Romney Ryan budget is an attack on our most precious resource, the very people who make up the fabric of this country: our parents, our children, our soldiers and our seniors. "Paul Ryan is the…
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced today he has selected Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his choice for Vice President.
News broke early Saturday morning that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney selected Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential running mate, according to a Fox News report. Ryan, best known for his proposed budget that calls for an overhaul of Medicare, is considered a rising star in the GOP. Romney made the official announcement at a campaign stop in Norfolk, Va., calling Ryan "an intellectual leader of the Republican Party." Pennsylvania Republican leaders praised Romney's choice of running mate. "I congratulate Paul Ryan on being selected to join Mitt Romney on the Republican Presidential ticket," said Rob Gleason, chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, in a statement released following the announcement. "…
Associated Press sources confirmed the selection.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Hours ahead of the previously scheduled time for the announcement, the Associated Press has confirmed through sources the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has selected Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as his Vice Presidential running mate, according to a Fox News report. Ryan is considered a rising star in the GOP and is best known for his proposed budget that calls for an overhaul of Medicare. Read more about the decision here.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Republicans are defending the legislative district lines that are being challenged in court by a handful of Democrats.
According to The Times Herald, local Republicans are defending the state Legislative Reapportionment Commission's (LRC) lastest attempt at redistricting maps, saying that Democrats who oppose it are engaged in "tomfoolery." A group of seven Democrats, led by Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro, recently filed a petition with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court asking the court to review the "2012 Final Plan" by the LRC and send it back for revision on the basis of what the Democrats claim is the "obvious partisan gerrymandering" behind the plan. Republicans counter that the petition itself is a politically-motivated maneuver. "It never crossed my mind to complain about the maps," Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr. told the Herald of his …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Shapiro: 'Overt gerrymandering' should again be struck down by the high court.
Updated, with comments from Shapiro's attorney. Montgomery County Commissioners Josh Shapiro and Leslie Richards, along with six other public officials and Montgomery County residents, filed an appeal with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court today contesting the latest reapportionment plan from the state legislature. The appeal is the second filed against the 2011 Reapportionment Plan, after the Supreme Court sent back an initial plan in January 2012. At that time, the court ruled that the redistricting plan did not adhere to the state constitution's requirements for compact districts. Many Democratic leaders hailed the decision, stating that the proposal gerrymandered districts in favor of Republican political interests. A second plan was then…
Thursday, August 25, 2011
A large group of Republican supporters were at the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown for the annual Montgomery County Republican Committee Summer Picnic.
On Wednesday night, the Montgomery County Republican Committee held its annual picnic at the Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown, giving voters, candidates and elected officials a chance to mingle prior to the upcoming elections. Some familiar faces included Bruce Castor Jr., who is seeking re-election in November for Montgomery County commissioner; Sheriff Eileen Behr, who is also seeking re-election; and Moon Ahn, who has his sights set on the Clerk of Courts seat. Despite the large turnout, it was easy to identify the candidates, as they all wore red T-shirts bearing the names of the 2011 Montgomery County Republican ticket. Those who attended the free event to support the GOP were treated to dinner, free drinks and most importantly—a chance…