The Chairman of the Franklin County Republican Party, Allen B. Coffman, with the overwhelming support of the party Executive Committee, has issued an official letter of censure (full text here) to Franklin County Republican District Attorney Matt Fogal for his support of the violent Black Lives Matter movement as well as urging of county Republicans to turn their backs on the re-election of President Donald J. Trump.
The censure was in response to Fogal’s letter of June 7th, 2020, and his subsequent interviews with liberal newspapers The New York Timesand Philadelphia Inquirer in which he not only gave his support to the violent Marxist group, but also directed many gratuitous insults toward Trump voters, specifically to the overwhelming majority of patriotic Franklin County and other South Central Pennsylvania citizens who enthusiastically support the President. In the Inquirer article, Fogal refers to the Republican Party as “anti-science”, “pro-conspiracy”, and “seemingly anti-truth”. He further said that the Republican Party had been infiltrated, while admitting that he did not vote for Trump in 2016. When asked who he was going to vote for in November by members of the local party executive committee, he would not answer.
The official censure and withdrawal of party support for Fogal was not done without deliberation. The party Executive Committee met twice on the issue, with one of those meetings consisting of a question and answer session with District Attorney Fogal himself, after which it became clear that Fogal’s actions amounted to a slap in the face of his constituents, the American justice system, and our American heritage.
Fogal was a registered Independent prior to his running for District Attorney following the death of his predecessor Jack Nelson in 2009, and has enjoyed the support of local Republicans since, never having faced and opponent in subsequent primary or general elections. You can bet that will change now. Fogal has broken faith with his loyal supporters, and should resign, or at the very least, change his registration to better reflect his leftist views. Otherwise, he is up for re-election in 2023.
“We learn from history that we do not learn from history.”
― Georg Hegel
19 September 2020 Dwight D. Weidman
The above quote from the German Philosopher Georg Hegel seems to especially apply to Democrats, or fanatics in general. Just like today’s American socialists who seem to think that a failed political and economic philosophy like socialism will work this time because they are smarter than all past socialists, and they will make it work.
Socialism aside, the Democrats are about to charge headlong into another battle that they will lose, and lose badly, because it seems they just can’t help themselves.
It started with the death of leftist Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg yesterday. Literally, within minutes, Democrat hacks like Chuck Shumer and dishonest media outlets were out in force trying to blunt any attempt by President Trump to replace Justice Ginsburg with an Originalist judge. With the left depending on the court system for most of their policy victories, the prospect of a 6-3 conservative majority is a thought that sends them over the edge.
The best is yet to come. Remember the memorial service for Democrat Senator Paul Wellstone after he was killed in a plane crash in 2002? Democrats did what they always do, and turned the memorial into a partisan hatefest, which backfired spectacularly.
Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, an Independent, and Republicans were furious over the transformation of the memorial service into a highly partisan event. Ventura and his wife walked out, shaking their heads. Vin Weber, a former House member from Minnesota told the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “What a complete, total, absolute sham,”, and went on to say, “The Democratic party “clearly intends to exploit Wellstone’s memory totally, completely, and shamelessly for political gain. To them, Wellstone’s death, apparently, was just another campaign event.”
A backlash against the politically charged event helped Norm Coleman beat Walter Mondale for Wellstone’s Minnesota Senate seat. A private poll by Bill Clinton’s former pollster, Mark Penn, showed that 68% of voters knew about the service and 49% of voters said the service made them less likely to vote for a Democrat, with 67% of independents said they felt that way.
You can just about predict that the Democrats, in their current frenzy over Ginsburg’s death, will go above and beyond what they pulled in 2002, and that will no doubt play to the advantage of President Trump and Republicans, who are handling Justice Ginsburg’s passing with dignity and grace, something of which the left is seemingly incapable.
It seems that you don’t have to go very far today to find fake news. I just read an article entitled Pennsylvania physician about coronavirus partisan politics: ‘We are outraged’ in our local newspaper, Chambersburg, PA, Public Opinion. Now to be fair, the article was not produced by Public Opinion, but instead was written by Kim Strong of the York Daily Record, and it is a prime example of a partisan opinion hiding under the cloak of “news reporting”.
The article starts out with an attack on the Republican “partisan politics” involved in the celebration of the Federal Court ruling which overturned Democrat Governor Tom Wolf’s draconian COVID19 lockdown measures, and attacks President Trump and PA Republican lawmakers. The attacks come from “three Pennsylvania physicians”, of which only two are identified, Dr. Max Cooper and Dr. Ashanti Ratnasekera, both of Chester County, and states, “The physicians come from the Committee to Protect Medicare, of which Cooper is the leader. It’s an advocacy organization of front-line doctors working for a stronger healthcare system.”. OK, fair enough, but let’s tell the rest of the story!
What Kim Strong doesn’t explain is that “The Committee to Protect Medicare” is nothing more than a political advocacy group that was recently formed to attack President Trump, and it’s staff is made up of Democrat operatives who formerly worked for left wingers such as Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Shumer.
The organization itself provides cover for a Political Action Committee (PAC) of the same name which is identifiedas “a single-candidate super PAC against Donald Trump (R)” by political money transparency site OpenSecrets.org.
According to the records on OpenSecrets.org, The Chicago-based Committee to Protect Medicare PAC has raised a total of $670,082 so far this year, and has spent $593,130 against Trump and Republican candidates. The largest donor to the PAC is from the organization itself, for $45,000 and nearly $14,000 from a Los Angeles-based “singer/artist”. However, like most of these left wing PACs, the vast majority of donors are listed as “unemployed” (sounds like BLM).
Finally, the PAC itself lists independent expenditure of $864,008 of which $2795 was spent in opposition to Sen. Mitch McConnell and $861,213 was spent against President Trump.
Once again, Fake news raises its ugly head, and always in favor of the left.
Franklin County Republicans have been given a taste of what it is like when a county office holder is allowed to run without opposition in election after election. Establishment Republican District Attorney Matt Fogal has turned on his constituents to support the violent, racist and Marxist group “Black Lives Matter” and has also endorsed corrupt Democrat Presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Fogal originally publicly announced his support for Black Lives Matter back in early June of 2020 in a letter addressed to Franklin County citizens in which he also trashed our President, Donald J. Trump. There was no reaction from the local Republican Party at the time, because it was under the control of Fogal’s establishment cronies known as “The Reagan Coalition”, but that quickly changed when party conservatives ousted that liberal faction in the party’s mid-term reorganization meeting on June 27th. Shortly thereafter, Fogal was issued an official censure by the party, after two meetings of the party executive committee meeting were held, one of which was attended by Fogal to answer the committee’s concerns about his actions. After the meeting with Fogal, it was obvious to all but a couple of his his fellow Reagan Coalition pals that he no longer represented the views of rank and file Republicans.
During Fogal’s meeting with the Republican Executive Committee, and reportedly during at least one meeting he had with a group of law enforcement officers, he came over as arrogant and condescending, but also as totally uninformed as to the true nature of the Black Lives Matter movement. He admitted that he didn’t watch “news shows” and he repeatedly expressed himself by referring to cartoon plots. Most of the committee members and law enforcement officers who met with Fogal came away with the impression that he either was a fool or perhaps thought that they were fools. Either possibility makes a strong case that he should resign. Blindly ignoring the riots, murders, assaults and the theft perpetrated by Black Lives Matter on a daily basis should be an automatic disqualifying factor for anyone who aspires to a top law enforcement job.
It has been reported that Fogal has now switched his party registration to Democrat, but that has not been verified. Regardless, it would be a mere formality considering his radical views. Be assured that his photo is no longer hanging on the wall of the local Republican Headquarters as loyal committee members and countless volunteers are working hard to re-elect the President. Assuming Fogal doesn’t resign, he will be up for re-election in 2023, this time with opposition. The only question remaining is whether he will still get the support of his fellow RINO Reagan Coalition members, who include several unprincipled local politicians who have been bought by donations from the group. More on those clowns later.
The purpose of this letter is to deliver an official censure for your activities in support of the radical and violent movement “Black Lives Matter.” Also for your encouragement of Franklin County Citizens to support those who oppose the re-election of our President, Donald J. Trump. These activities are outlined in your letter to Franklin County citizens dated 7 June 2020. Your subsequent visit with our party executive committee only served to reinforce our concerns that you have departed from the sensible conservative views of the vast majority of your fellow citizens. We have also taken into consideration comments made in both The Philadelphia Inquirer article of 13 June 2020 and The New York Times article of 15 July 2020. These papers do not reflect the views of conservative Republicans nor are they a local paper of record.
In your letter you stated, “These times are truly unprecedented and silence is acquiescence.” For those of us who value truth and our national heritage, to be silent in response to your misguided action is more than mere acquiescence. It would be a betrayal of the vast majority of Franklin County citizens who value law and order.
You also stated that “all lives matter” was wrong and part of the problem. We strongly disagree with your view. There is no more inclusive statement than “all lives matter.”
Black Lives Matter is not about the preservation of people’s lives of any color. If it were, you would see them on the front lines fighting for those innocent people being murdered by the hundreds in largely Black on Black crime in our major cities. Instead, Black Lives Matter is a self-admitted Marxist revolutionary group dedicated to the dissolution of America, its heritage and its culture, including the nuclear family. I believe you have previously emphasized the importance of family in our society as it relates to law enforcement matters. In order to carry out their mission, BLM engages in a common totalitarian tactic known as “The Big Lie.” They endlessly repeat the vicious falsehood that law enforcement is engaging in deliberate violence toward Black men. Studies conducted by non-partisan entities such as the National Academy of Sciences show this is not the case. Your willful repeating of that falsehood and the allegations of “systemic racism”, especially considering your position as Franklin County District Attorney, make your actions especially troubling.
Your call for county Republicans to turn against our President is equally misguided. Our opponents in November, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, stand shoulder to shoulder with the lawless revolutionaries who are burning, looting, and murdering across our nation. Many wonder what would happen if such violence would come to Franklin County at the hands of those who you now support. Would our police be able to do their jobs? Would they constantly have to wonder if our District Attorney had their backs? If private citizens were forced to defend themselves from mob violence, would you stand up for their rights? Or should we expect actions similar to those taken against the McCloskey family in St. Louis?
The Franklin County Republican Party embraced you after your switch from an Independent to a Republican after the death of our District Attorney in 2009. You have enjoyed running unopposed for your office since. Your recent actions can only be seen as a betrayal of those who have given you their support, and the 72% of Franklin County voters (Republicans, Democrats, and Independents) who gave President Trump their votes in 2016.
It is clear to us that your positions have removed you from any association with Franklin County Republicans. Therefore, the Franklin County Republican Party is withdrawing support for you and any future office you may seek.
The Covid19 Virus, or as it is otherwise known, the Chinese Wuhan Virus or just Coronavirus, has been a nasty bug, leaving a lot of dead Americans in its wake, but it has also been put to good use by anyone with a political agenda, especially those on the Left, who have parlayed it into a society-crushing crisis. Don’t get me wrong, because anyone in a high-risk group should take prudent safeguards during any epidemic. In this case, the most at-risk group was older Americans, at least in terms of deaths from the virus plus the complications that always come with old age. In Pennsylvania 93% of Covid 19 deaths were people over 60, almost all of whom had comorbidities, or complicating factors. In this sense, Covid19 was nowhere near as serious as the “Spanish Flu” epidemic of 1917-1918, which killed somewhere between 17-50 million out of 500 million people infected with a world population of about 1.5 billion people. In other words, about 33% of the world’s population became infected with Spanish Flu and about 3% perished. Today’s Covid19 numbers are not even close, with a total of 23 million worldwide cases and 800,000 deaths out of a global population of 7.8 Billion people. That means that 0.3% of the world population got sick and 0.013% have died. A tragedy, but not one warranting our overreaction. The Spanish Flu also took young and old, with victims often succumbing within a day or two of showing the first symptoms.
Closer to home, here in Franklin County, the worst effects of the virus are almost gone. A total of 1448 Franklin County residents have contracted Covid19 since the epidemic took hold in early March, or about 0.9% of the population. Of that number, 46 have died, or .03% of the population. The disease had two peaks, one on May 8, 2020, and one on July 22, 2020, so if your looking for a second wave, you may be disappointed because we may have had it already. Time will tell. County deaths peaked on May 15, 2020, and there have been no county deaths from Covid19 since July 3, 2020, or about 50 days ago. Keep in mind that the date of death is when it is reported to the database, so it may have been longer than 50 days. Local healthcare providers are now reporting new daily case rates in the single digits for the last week. Not saying it is over, but we can see the end from here.
Of course, none of the facts explain the continued media and leftwing hysteria. Just the other day, a local media outlet displayed a cumulative Covid19 case chart,and that always looks scary, especially to those too lazy to read the chart labels, because it shows that line going steadily upward, reflecting the number of total cases, and for some reason, the line is never to scale, which would actually show a pronounced flattening (see the below illustration). These charts are meant to scare you, folks, because the numbers aren’t that scary..
So, who benefits from this continued whipping up of hysteria? Obviously, the number one beneficiary is Governor Wolf and his cronies who are hell-bent on stealing the election for Joe Biden. The more people he can frighten into staying home on election day and mailing in their votes, the bigger the chance of his monkeying with the election by allowing the stuffing of ballot boxes in Democrat-controlled counties with fraudulent mail-in ballots in the chaos. In fact, he has already set the process in motion, as explained in this Chambersburg Public Opinion column.
Aside from stealing the election, the Democrats are using Covid19 to put the brakes on the roaring economy that unless abated, would render Joe Biden’s chances of election to two possibilities: slim or none. It has had some effect, but despite everything, indicators are showing that economic conditions are steadily coming back.
Finally, the leftists who run our schools and colleges are using fear to keep the teachers from going back to work, and who can blame them? Having extra months tacked on to and already excessively-long paid summer vacation is every teacher’s dream. Going back to school for them would be like the rest of us having to go back to work after a three-day holiday weekend!
I’m not saying we should all go out and start hugging every stranger we see, but it clearly looks like we might be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. The trouble is that there are too many people who are trying to block that light.
Congressman John Joyce, representing the conservative 13th District of Pennsylvania, yesterday committed the ultimate act of treachery by joining Nancy Pelosi in voting to remove statues of Americans from the US Capitol. In one case, the bust of the fifth Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Roger Brooke Taney, will be replaced with one of leftist Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Joyce was one of 72 Republicans voting to appease the radical left. Other area Representatives Scott Perry and GT Thompson voted AGAINST the Democrat bill. Good for them.
This is a list of Republicans who voted to support the left’s cancel culture:
The Trump re-election campaign, Republican National Committee, and other parties, including 13th District Congressman John Joyce have filed a lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and all 67 county election boards, including Franklin County, over mail-in voting. The lawsuit alleges that Secretary of the Commonwealth, Kathy Boockvar, along with at least 20 counties have violated the state’s own law by failing to properly administer Act 77, which expanded mail-in voting. The lawsuit claims that rules were changed before the June 2nd Primary primarily for Democrat-controlled counties and that un-monitored mail-in ballots were allowed to be delivered to other locations other than directly to county election boards, as specified by law.
Apparently, in some counties, ballots were allowed to be delivered to shopping centers, parking lots, fairgrounds, parks, retirement homes, college campuses, fire halls, municipal government buildings, and elected officials’ offices.
In addition, the lawsuit addresses irregularities in vote counting procedures in Philadelphia as well as the preclusion of poll-watchers from many vote-counting locations.
It is pretty apparent that the Wolf Administration used the June Primary as a dry run in a plan to steal the election for Joe Biden in Pennsylvania, a critical swing state.
In a recent column in Chambersburg Public Opinion, I posed the question of “if Franklin County voters are so conservative, why are most of our elected politicians moderate to liberal?”. Anyone following local politics will quickly realize that our local Republican politicians, for the most part, talk a good conservative game, but at the same time march in lockstep with the Harrisburg Republican establishment.
Until last Saturday, that moderate to liberal political establishment held the local Republican Committee in a choke hold. Their mismanagement and cronyism since they took over in 2014 had driven the party to the brink of ruin, and then a funny thing happened. The elected conservative members of the committee, at a biennial reorganizational meeting, took advantage of the complacency of the ruling clique and replaced the establishment chairman with a conservative, Chambersburg Boro Council Member Allen Coffman.
Coffman’s election as Chairman over two-term Chair Robert Ternes blindsided the liberal faction of the party. It wasn’t a move that was long in the planning, but it definitely was born out a collective sense that the establishment drones of the “Franklin County Reagan Coalition” were unable to lead the party, and in fact, were destroying it from within. Don’t be confused by the title “Reagan Coalition”, because if the late President Ronald Reagan knew his name was on such a group, he would turn over in his grave. What the Reagan Coalition proved since taking over the party in 2014 was that you can’t build something based on negativity. Since their founding by disgruntled moderate and liberal Republicans in 2008, their one goal was the takeover of the Republican Committee and especially its treasury. When they did manage to get their majority and chairmanship in June 2014, it was immediately obvious that they had no plan or vision for the party itself. They were like an old dog who spent years chasing cars, until finally catching one, with predictable consequences. Negative emotions like envy, hate and greed are powerful, but you can’t build anything on them. Thus the Reagan Coalition’s total lack of vision has had predictable repercussions, a nearly shattered party.
Probably a key moment in Saturday’s reorganization came when a committee member highlighted an item in the Treasurer’s report that demonstrated an unprecedented drop in the number of memberships in the party’s “Ben Franklin Society”, an organization of Republicans who donate $300 per year to the party. The Ben Franklin Society had become a prime target of the Reagan Coalition’s hostile takeover attempts since 2008 and since 2014 the membership level had fallen by 75% due to willful neglect. Then-Chairman Ternes was asked if he was a member of Ben Franklin, to which he replied he was not. He was asked if he was a Reagan Coalition member and he said that he was. If there was a final nail in the coffin, that was it, because prior to Ternes’ chairmanship, every party chairman had been a member of Ben Franklin to show their dedication to the organization they chaired. The committee then voted to replace Ternes as chairman with Allen Coffman by a 70-30% margin. The executive committee has taken on a decidedly conservative look, as well, just in time for the November general election. Chairman Coffman seems to have no agenda other than to win in November.
In a heavily Republican county like we have, it isn’t just a matter of giving President Trump a majority of our votes, because that is a given. Franklin County can make a difference in Trump winning Pennsylvania by maximizing both turnout and winning margin. Republicans can do that if they all pull together and get every single Trump voter out to the polls on November 3rd. The Franklin County Republican Party is ready to lead but needs volunteers, contributions and your ideas. Money collected will be used to pay headquarters rent and utilities, and even more importantly, to purchase campaign literature, signs, and get out the vote operations. Everyone has a skill that can be used. Don’t feel left out if you can’t afford to make a contribution, either large or small, because there are a million ways you can make a difference. If you need further information, the party’s number is 717-263-7999, or if you wish to leave a comment here, I can help you get in touch or provide information.
Please also remember that a record of all contributions and expenditures is reported to the PA Secretary of State and can be viewed online. Finally all members of the county Republican committee and state committee, including officers, are unpaid volunteers.
Your county Republican Party and President Trump need you.
In a thoroughly disgusting letter dated 7 June, 2020 and addressed to “Franklin County Citizens”, Franklin County District Attorney Matthew Fogal expressed solidarity with leftist hate group Black Lives Matter, the same group that has been rioting, burning and murdering citizens and police officers nationwide. Fogal also took the opportunity to join Deep State operative James Mattis in attacking President Trump and in all but name encouraging Republicans to vote for sleazy Democrat Joe Biden in November.
Fogal has been District Attorney since 2009, taking office after the untimely death of then DA Jack Nelson. At the time of Nelson’s death, Fogal was a registered Independent, but quickly changed his registration to Republican so that he could run for the office of DA. Fogal also almost immediately joined the vile group of renegade “Republicans” known as “The Franklin County Reagan Coalition”, which was founded in 2008 to compete with the local Republican Party. In June 2014, the Reagan Coalition took over the local party and in the ensuing years have succeeded in dismantling all of the progress made by Republicans in the preceding 20 years by bleeding the treasury and shutting down virtually all voter outreach operations.
In return for Fogal’s fealty and monetary contributions, the RINOs of the Reagan Coalition work to ensure that Fogal will always run unopposed, a tactic that they employ with all politicians under their control.
When I discovered the Fogal letter (below), I admit that I found it hard to believe that he would pen such a treacherous piece, so I confirmed it by emailing Matt. He responded that he did write it, almost sounding proud of it. Fogal is the third local Republican to go off the rails lately, with County Commissioner Dave Keller and Chambersburg Mayor Walt Bietsch joining the Democrats and their Governor Tom Wolf to keep Franklin County locked down despite the decline in Coronavirus cases. The fact that local Republican officeholders seem emboldened to come out as “Democrats in all but name” is due to a local Republican Party that is all but dead, and under the control of the liberals in the comically-misnamed Reagan Coalition. In fact, the local titular and unelected party chairman has all but quit on the job, having not been seen nor heard from for months.
Suffice it to say that the citizens of one of the most conservative counties in Pennsylvania deserve better. The top county law enforcement officer in the county should be working to protect the citizenry, and not bowing to threats from an anti-American hate group.
In other words, Matt Fogal is incapable of doing his job, and should resign immediately. Failing that, Republicans should find a law and order candidate to unseat him in 2023.