Reprimanded in a narrow Council vote for a non-existent discrimination offense
by Dwight D. Weidman 20 May 2021
Having seized the reins of government in Washington, DC and achieved a near-lock on a corrupt press and major social media outlets, the totalitarian left has now set its sights on rural America and its conservative population.
Franklin County, Pennsylvania is one of many conservative counties in a Blue state. Registered Republicans outnumber Democrats 61% to 24%, and most of the remaining 15% of non-affiliated voters are conservative as well. President Trump won here in both 2016 and 2020 with over 70% of the vote. Franklin County is largely rural with a few small towns dotting the landscape. Most of the print media here, as in the rest of the country, is liberal, however. The largest newspaper in the county, Chambersburg Public Opinion, which is owned by Gannett, has a daily circulation of around 16,000 with slightly more on weekends. Like most Gannett-owned newspapers, Public Opinion is decidedly left of center, which makes its name ironic. There are a few other small newspapers in the county, most notably the Waynesboro Record Herald, which is also owned by Gannett.
The county seat of Chambersburg is where a large plurality of the Democrats reside, so the Borough Council reflects that, being left-leaning. One Republican Council member, Allen Coffman, is also the sitting Republican County Chairman, after being elected last year to replace the liberal faction that had run the party since 2014. It is Coffman who has been clearly targeted for cancellation by leftwing activists and leftist Republicans since he and the local party censured the sitting “Republican” District Attorney, Matt Fogal, last year for his open support of Black Lives Matter.
On April 2nd of this year a Dr. Rachael Day, a Chambersburg Dermatologist, sent an email to Councilman Coffman and other council members. In the email, she explained her position as the community’s only dermatologist. She asked that a local non-discrimination ordinance protecting members of the LBGTQ+ community be added to the agenda for discussion; and explained why she felt such an ordinance was necessary.
She then referred to Chambersburg as a “historically conservative community.”
She went on to attack her community by saying that history has shown that rural conservative areas have fostered oppression, excluded and marginalized minority groups within their mainstream society. As it turns out, the letter was not totally original, but was copied from a template found on the website of a local leftist agitator group, “The Franklin County Coalition for Progress”
Councilman Coffman responded to her email and took issue with what he saw as Day’s judgement of Chambersburg as a community that oppressed minorities.
After welcoming her to the community and telling her that only the Council President could make the decision to add the issue to the agenda, he talked about community services the borough provides for its residents. He then said he was curious as to why she chose a community like Chambersburg to live and set up her dermatology practice, feeling the way she does about conservative communities.
Councilman Coffman’s reply to Dr. Day is as follows:
At that point, the trap set for Councilman Allen Coffman was sprung. Dr. Day promptly displayed all on her business webpage and the leftist hate mob swung into action.
During the next council meeting, Day and others advocating for the proposed ordinance showed up. In that meeting she told council she felt threatened and discriminated against as a result of Coffman’s response. Day, as it turns out, was a member of the local leftist group, The Franklin County Coalition for Progress, whose sole goal seems to center around “being offended” by the existence of any conservative anywhere.
She filed the formal discrimination complaint the next week. The complaint itself demonstrated that the whole charade wasn’t about wanting a LGBTQ+ ordinance at all, but instead it was payback for GOP Chairman Coffman’s censure of a Republican District Attorney who embraced a violent racist group, BLM. In the complaint, Dr. Day identified herself as bi-racial, providing a justification for her complaint.
To make a long story short, the Council completed their mission of payback and voted first that the complaint “had merit” and at a subsequent meeting voted 6-4 to reprimand Coffman and order he and the other members of the council to attend two days of sensitivity training. The howling leftist mob had won again.
Councilman Allen Coffman’s “punishment” is reminiscent of the type of conditioning done under fascist and communist regimes in retaliation for “thought crimes” or otherwise opposing totalitarian policies, and that is more than coincidental, because groups like the radical Franklin County Coalition for Progress are built on an extreme leftist foundation.
Finally, there is also suspicion that this lynching was done with the assistance of the local group of liberal Republicans, who mockingly call themselves “The Franklin County Reagan Coalition”. The BLM-loving District Attorney who was censured by Allen Coffman in his role as Republican County Chairman was a long time dues-paying member of this group of RINOs, who also fought tooth and nail to keep the Republican committee from approving the censure last year and who have been trying to discredit the conservative Coffman at every opportunity since.
For those who think this is an isolated incident, think again. It’s happening all over the country. Radical leftists aren’t just satisfied with seizing the reins of government, they want and demand or complete submission. It’s time to stand up to these thugs.
Dwight Weidman is a resident of Greene Township and is a graduate of Shepherd University. He is retired from the United States Department of Defense. His career included assignments In Europe, Asia and Central America. He has been in leadership roles for the Republican Party in two states, most recently serving two terms as Chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party. He has been involved in web publishing since 1996 and is publisher of The Franklin County Journal. He has been published in several newspapers such as the Harrisburg Patriot News and is a regular columnist for the Chambersburg Public Opinion. An Amateur Radio Operator since 1988, he was issued his first license in Germany. He is a past volunteer with both Navy and Army MARS, Military Auxiliary Radio Service, and is also an NRA-Certified Firearms Instructor.