Chesco GOP boss resigns to join LCB

Brion was picked by Governor Tom Corbett to serve in the Liquor Control Board.
Brion was picked by Governor Tom Corbett to serve in the Liquor Control Board.
Posted: September 27, 2011

After weeks of uncertainty, the longtime head of Chester County's Republican Party has resigned to take a seat on the state Liquor Control Board.

Joseph A. "Skip" Brion was tapped by the Corbett administration in July to serve on the liquor board, prompting questions about whether he would keep the county post he's held for nearly a decade.

Brion, who made his resignation official last week, is appearing this afternoon at a hearing in Harrisburg before the Senate Law and Justice Committee, an initial step in the confirmation process, he said.

A lawyer who has served on the Delaware Regional Finance Authority since 1988, Brion was re-elected chairman of the Chester County GOP in June 2010.

He said that although no "statutory requirement" would have prevented him from staying on as county chairman, he said he based his decision on what was best for the county and the state.

"The governor and I talked about the situation, and I decided I wanted to focus on the LCB," Brion said.

He said it would be premature to talk about Corbett's expressed interest in privatizing the state's liquor sales, but he said he believes it's "an exciting time to be in Harrisburg."

Brion said a vote on his county successor is scheduled for Oct. 8. So far, two candidates have expressed interest: Val DiGiorgio, a West Whiteland Township resident serving as county controller, and John Emmons, a Republican committeeman from New London Township.


Contact staff writer Kathleen Brady Shea at 610-696-3815, kbrady@phillynews.com, or @brandywinebits on Twitter. Read her blog, "Chester County Inbox," at www.philly.com/chescoinbox.

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