September 15, 2010 |
There were so many "irregularities" in the election of Philadelphia's GOP chair that a group of state Republicans Wednesday called for a new vote, but the decision seems to have no immediate impact on the man in that job, Vito Canuso. Immediately after the Credentials Committee of the Pennsylvania Republican Party recommended the new election, Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason said he would put off a final decision until after the November elections. A statement issued by the Pennsylvania party said that "due to the lengthy nature of the evidence provided," Gleason "plans to postpone a final ruling until after Election Day when he can conduct a full and comprehensive review.
January 11, 1995 |
President Clinton is turning to Christopher J. Dodd, a liberal senator from Connecticut, to rescue the Democratic Party from its current crisis. The White House confirmed yesterday that Dodd was Clinton's choice to become the party's general chairman, its leading spokesman and fund-raiser. Donald Fowler, a longtime party committee member from South Carolina, will share dual control of the operation as day-to-day manager. Dodd, 51, is the consummate, silver-tongued, silver-haired Washington insider - an accomplished fund-raiser and a spokesman with stature for the down-and-out Democrats.
January 31, 1996 |
In the two years he has chaired the Burlington County Democratic Party, its longstanding savings have been depleted, it has lost two incumbent Assembly seats in the traditionally Democratic Seventh District, and its longstanding intraparty divisions have been exacerbated. Yet Kevin Covert, whose resignation has been sought by a sizable and vocal segment of the party, is intent on holding on to his position until his term expires in June. "If you run for the job and take the job, you should serve out until you're done," Covert, 37, said yesterday, adding that his staying on could save the party from two struggles over the chairmanship, one now, the other in June.
April 13, 2014 |
MONTGOMERY COUNTY When a group of Montgomery County Republican leaders and their biggest donor gathered Monday night for a closed-door dinner at a King of Prussia steak house, one of the invited guests was Robert Kerns, the former party chair who resigned last year amid allegations that he raped a woman who worked at his law firm. Two of those in the room, along with Kerns' successor as county party chair, said the gathering at the Capital Grille was nothing more than a private social event.
September 14, 2015 |
Marcel Groen, the long-time head of the Montgomery County Democrats, was elected chair of the statewide party Saturday, a key post heading into national elections next year. His immediate focus, however, is on voting that is just seven weeks away. "The most important thing now are the Supreme Court races," Groen said in an interview following his election by party committee members in Gettysburg. "They are extremely important, from a political perspective, because of redistricting.
November 2, 2002
Two Philadelphia incumbents, U.S. Reps. Robert A. Brady and Chaka Fattah, will be reelected, if for no other reason than the Republican Party has put up little resistance. Each has done some things, locally and on the national scene, to earn the victory he will enjoy Tuesday. Mr. Fattah is a Wharton School graduate and a policy wonk who is carving out a niche as a well-informed advocate for public schools. His GEAR UP program, for which he's garnered major federal dollars, offers mentoring and other assistance to encourage low-income teenagers to aspire to college.
August 7, 1996 |
Moorestown lawyer Frank Hartman has lost his challenge to the legality of having two persons of the same gender - in this case Lee Pfister O'Toole and Alice Furia - head the Burlington County Democratic party. Hartman was defeated, by a mere 12 votes in June, in his bid for the party chair position by O'Toole, whose running mate, Furia, was re-elected as vice chair. However, even before the the party voted that night, Hartman filed a court challenge : He contended that a state law prohibits persons of the same gender from holding the top two positions in a county political party.
June 27, 1996 |
For the first time, a woman will head Burlington County's Democratic Party. Lee Pfister O'Toole of Willingboro last night edged out Frank Hartman of Moorestown in a hotly contested race for the party leadership post. George Lee, a former party chairman, said O'Toole, 50, was the first woman ever elected to the post in Burlington County. O'Toole had the support of outgoing chairman Kevin Covert. Hartman's backers included Lee and Burlington Township Mayor Joseph Foy, another former party chair.
June 8, 2015 |
Jim Burn, chairman of the state Democratic Party, may be on his way out and Gov. Wolf apparently already has his successor in mind - Montgomery County Democratic Chairman Marcel Groen. Burn, an attorney from Allegheny County, said in an interview Saturday that he told party regional caucus leaders in a meeting in Allentown on Friday that he was considering resigning the post he has held since 2010. That news comes five months before the Nov. 3 general election, which includes Democrats running statewide for seats on the state's Supreme Court, Superior Court, and Commonwealth Court.