A Rebirth Of The Republican Party

Posted on Sat 08/30/2008 by


For more years than I care to remember, the Republican party in Luzerne County Pennsylvania has, to put it mildly, been ineffective.
There was a lack of leadership, poor communication, and no central planning.

All of that changed last night.

And it’s not because Nancy Pelosi repeatedly stuck her foot in her mouth at the Democrat convention.

The new county party chairman, Terry Casey, had promised to take the party in a new direction, and make the Republican party in Luzerne County a viable factor once again.

He made good on the first part of that pledge with the grand opening of a 4000 square foot headquarters on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre. This facility will serve as the nerve center of party activity until early next year when the offices in Wilkes-Barre’s Intermodal Center will be ready for occupancy.

It was an outstanding turnout. Among the speakers were State Senator Lisa Baker, Pennsylvania party chairman Robert Gleason, who made mention of the fact that if John McCain can win Pennsylvania, it could mean enough of a swing in electoral votes for him to win the Presidency. He also mentioned that Northeastern Pennsylvania was unique in that to his knowledge, it was the only area in the United States where two neighboring counties (Luzerne and Lackawanna) had Republican candidates running against incumbent Democrats.

11th Congressional District candidate Lou Barletta was unable to attend due to a prior commitment to serve as a guest waiter at a dinner for the Luzerne County Association For The Blind.

10th District challenger Chris Hackett gave a stirring speech, outlining some of his vision of the future to an enthusiastic reaction from the crowd.

For myself, one of the highlights of the evening was when a woman in the audience asked Mr. Casey if she might say a few words.

When she took the podium, she identified herself and the folks with her as members of a group called Democrats for McCain.

She stated that the members of her group were former Clinton supporters.
As she spoke, she made it clear that these were not people who were seeking revenge because Hillary did not receive the nomination. I can’t recall her exact words, but in effect she said that once Obama was picked to be the Democrat standard bearer, they sat back and considered who would best lead the country.

And they came to the conclusion that comparing the qualifications and experience of Barack Obama against those of John McCain, the choice was obvious.

That sort of dissension in the Democrat ranks does not bode well for Obama.

As a 3-time elected Luzerne County Republican Committeeman,I am proud of the job that Terry Casey is doing, and how much he has accomplished in such a short amount of time.

And if this sort of local-level leadership can be implemented across the country, the Republican party will be in good hands.