//Weekly PA GOP Communications Department Update 8.03.18

Weekly PA GOP Communications Department Update 8.03.18

Update for the Week of July 30, 2018

PA GOP Chairman Val DiGiorgio leads Trump-Barletta rally pre-program festivities

Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Val DiGiorgio led the pre-program festivities at the Donald Trump-Lou Barletta rally in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday evening.

Chairman DiGiorgio introduced Congressional candidates Dan Meuser and John Chrin, as well as Gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner while also being responsible for firing up the crowd at the event.

His remarks can be seen HERE.

Coverage Roundup:

PennLive

NPR Affiliates

Philadelphia Inquirer

Politico

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PRESS RELEASE: Philadelphia’s decision to end ICE contract shows dangers of anti-rule of law liberals

Last week, the City of Philadelphia and Mayor Jim Kenney made the decision to terminate a data-sharing contract with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

This is the latest in the city’s turn toward lawlessness as it seeks to further enact sanctuary city policies.

Also, by their silence and past actions, it is the latest indication that Pennsylvania’s Democratic leaders continue to support sanctuary city policies and the move toward ending the rule of law when it comes to immigration.

In response, Val DiGiorgio, Chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, made the following statement:

“By ending the contract with ICE, Philadelphia’s mayor has once again shown he would rather side with violent criminals who have taken advantage of our country than with the men and women he is supposed to be protecting.

“The same can be said for Gov. Tom Wolf and Sen. Bob Casey who, through their support of sanctuary city policies and campaigning with those who support the abolishment of ICE, put Pennsylvanians in danger and support lawlessness over the rule of law.”

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PRESS RELEASE: Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman, rural legislators discuss Democrats’ sad attempt to intimidate lawmakers from talking about Tom Wolf’s disastrous education funding plan

Tuesday, Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Val DiGiorgio was joined by Sen. Pat Stefano and Rep. Jesse Topper to talk about Tom Wolf and PA Democrats using the Right to Know Law to try and silence rural legislators from speaking about the Governor’s disastrous education funding plan that would cut $1.2 billion from 362 rural and already-struggling school districts.

In total, nine rural legislators—who have been vocal in the press about their opposition to the plan—have received Right to Know requests to see if there has been any coordinated messaging.

“Using the Right to Know Law as a shield like this is a sad attempt by the Governor’s campaign and the PA Democrats to try and distract from the fact that the Governor supports a plan that would immediately cut $1.2 billion from 362 rural and already-struggling school districts,” said Chairman DiGiorgio.

“The use of the Right to Know Law in this way is particularly hypocritical given the Governor has chosen secrecy over transparency time and time again, using the transparency law to shield public documents from disclosure.”

In the past, Tom Wolf’s administration has hidden behind the Right to Know Law to shield documents related to the Amazon incentive package, Congressional redistricting litigation, and Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program.

The Governor has also kept secret a report by the Inspector General into wrongdoing by Lt. Gov. Mike Stack and has not divulged by former Secretary of State Pedro Cortes was asked to leave the administration.

Sen. Stefano, one of the legislators who has received a Right to Know request, said he would not be intimidated into silence.

“The counties I represent stand to lose over a combined $100 million from the Governor’s disastrous education funding plan. I will not be bullied into silence or intimidated into not speaking up on behalf of my rural school districts, and the students they serve,” he said.

Rep. Topper, who represents a district whose counties would see an aggregate loss of $25.4 million to its school districts, added Gov. Wolf’s education funding plan is the latest in the Governor leaving rural Pennsylvania behind.

“I was shocked to hear the Governor’s education funding plan and learn of the effects it would have in my district,” he said. “From proposing job-killing taxes to creating an onerous regulatory environment, this is just the latest example of Tom Wolf not wanting to see rural Pennsylvania succeed.”

Earlier this month, the Republican Party of Pennsylvania launched www.tomwolfcutsschools.com to highlight the impact of the Governor’s proposed education funding plan.

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PRESS RELEASE: Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Val DiGiorgio congratulates Marty Nothstein on becoming Republican nominee for the special election in Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional District

Tuesday, Republican conferees from the 15th Congressional District selected Marty Nothstein to be the nominee for the special election to be held for the district on November 6, 2018.

In response, Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Val DiGiorgio, made the following statement:

“I would like to congratulate Marty on securing the nomination tonight.

“His nomination is a testament to the conferees recognizing Marty’s top-tier candidacy in the 7th District, which has already gained national attention, and his ability to succeed.

“As the process for having the special election moves forward, the Republican Party of Pennsylvania will work exhaustively to ensure this seat remains red and elect pro-growth Republican candidates up and down the ticket.”

Coverage Roundup:

Morning Call

Lehigh Valley Express-Times

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PRESS RELEASE: PA GOP comments on failed 2016 Democrat Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton donating to Pennsylvania Democrats

It has been reported this week that failed 2016 Democratic Presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, and her associated political action committee will be inserting herself into Pennsylvania’s Congressional races by backing and financing a number of Democrats.

So far, the PAC Onward Together, has financially supported PA-01 Democrat nominee Scott Wallace, PA-05 Democrat nominee Mary Scanlon, and PA-07 Democrat nominee Susan Wild.

In response, Republican Party of Pennsylvania Communications Director Jason Gottesman, made the following statement:

“Hillary Clinton’s world view was so out of whack with Pennsylvania’s values in 2016 that many Democrats would not vote for her then and she now continues to alienate moderate voters almost two years after her failed Presidential bid.

“Hillary Clinton’s support of some of the most liberal-progressive Democrat nominees, some of whom have strong ties to socialists, only shows how out of touch each of these nominees is—especially when compared to the reasonable views of their Republican opponents.

“Her further insertion into Pennsylvania elections, including the potential for her to be involved with supporting Bob Casey—who said in 2016 he was ‘proud’ to endorse Hillary Clinton—will show just how out of touch Pennsylvania Democrats are.”

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PRESS RELEASE: Pennsylvania Republican Party Chairman Val DiGiorgio congratulates Pearl Kim on becoming the Republican nominee for the special election in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District

Wednesday, Republican conferees from the current 7th Congressional District selected Pearl Kim to be the nominee for the special election to be held for the district on November 6, 2018.

In response, Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Val DiGiorgio, made the following statement:

“Pearl Kim is one of the most exciting young candidates running for Congress this year and I would like to congratulate her on being nominated.

“Pearl’s moderate pro-law enforcement and pro-taxpayer platform stands in stark contrast to the radical left-wing positions of her opponent.

“As we move toward the mid-term and special elections in November, the Republican Party of Pennsylvania will continue to exert every effort to keep this seat red and elect pro-growth Republican candidates up and down the ticket.”

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SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE

Facebook (41,325 followers – +44)

  • This week
    • 8 Posts
    • 8,018 people reached
    • 52 new followers
    • 203 page views
    • 2,267 post engagements

Twitter (19,569 followers – +118)

  • This week
    • 10 original Tweets (not counting retweets)
    • 26,900 impressions
    • 1,498 engagements
    • 151 link clicks

Instagram (1,044 followers – +5)

  • This week
    • 529 accounts reached
    • 34 engagements
    • 3,311 impressions

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NEW ON ELECTED MEMBER RESOURCE PORTAL (PASSWORD: redPA2018!)

This week, the following was added to the Elected Member Resource Portal

You can check out PA GOP  social media work on Twitter and Facebook for latest updates.

2018-08-18T18:06:43+00:00

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