There has been another bombshell Thursday in the ongoing saga of Pennsylvania’s 15th Congressional district. New information obtained by FetchYourNews.com shows an apparent attempt to sway the upcoming GOP Primary to replace the retiring Rep. Charles Dent.
Screenshot text messages show a group conversation between Lehigh County Party Chairwoman Jessica Banotai, Lehigh County GOP Executive Director Trevor Waldron, and others conspiring to smear Conservative candidate Justin Simmons.
The messages expose brutal tactics in what is supposed to be a neutral, intraparty race, including a suggestion from Banotai to “…get a billboard in Justin’s district and put that hitler youth photo of him on it?”
In addition to Banotai’s willingness to compare Simmons to Adolf Hitler on a billboard, she also outlined tactics to utilize Republican Party resources to “use the YR page to troll the s**t out justin by sharing and liking all Ryan’s announcements.”
The “Ryan” she refers to is the other candidate in the Primary — PA House Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, 35. Mackenzie has served in the PA House since 2012 and is considered by most the “Establishment Candidate,” and “handpicked successor to Dent.”
According to her LinkedIn page, Banotai, 28, is also the Finance Director and successful fundraiser for Charlie Dent for Congress. A separate blog also lists her as having worked with Republican Sen. Pat Toomey.
Waldron, who in addition to his role as Executive Director of the Lehigh County GOP also serves as Field Director for Congressman Dent. He quickly chimed in to the Hitler suggestion with, “we can make that happen.”
The connection between Dent, Bonotai, Waldron, and others appears to be a smoking gun that proves accusations made earlier in the week. Simmons alleged an attempt by GOP insiders from the 15th District to “stack the deck” in a manner reminiscent of the actions of the Democratic Party against Bernie Sanders in 2016.
However, unlike the alleged DNC corruption, the latest revelations in Pennsylvania seem to offer hard evidence in favor of Simmons’ claims.
The match up between Mackenzie and Simmons was portrayed by The Morning Call as a “Hatfield’s and McCoy’s race” between what they described as two longtime rivals.
Simmons, 31, has also served in the PA House of Representatives since 2010. In an exclusive interview with FYNTV on September 11, he alleged a history of campaign rigging within the Pennsylvania establishment regarding Mackenzie.
When he first ran for State House in the 134th District… there was a special election and the party hierarchy greased the skids for Ryan, they cleared the field in the special election for him, he hasn’t had an opponent since.
This is just the latest in a series of events that have unfolded since the election and inauguration of President Donald Trump. Dent, a seven term Congressman, has been vocal in his opposition to both the candidacy and Presidency of Trump that included several appearances on Liberal mainstream media outlets. This resulted in a Conservative rally against him.
Since Simmons initial announcement to run against him, Dent made and abrupt retirement announcement and Mackenzie entered the race the following day. Earlier this week, reports also surfaced that a plan existed within the PA GOP Establishment to have Dent retire before his completed term. This would ensure party insiders the ability to choose the candidate in a Special Election, thus providing Mackenzie with the power of the House Republican campaign machination. Below is a video in which Good Morning from the Office host BKP reached out to Dent via phone call. Dent would neither confirm or deny rumors of retirement prior to the end of his term.
Simmons has since called for the resignation of all involved.
Stay with FetchYourNews.com as more developments occur.
(Scroll down to listen to interview with delegate candidate Gloria Lee Snover – Donald Trump supporter)
Donald Trump could win Pennsylvania and lose the delegates. If you can’t win at the ballot box then it’s time to go after delegates. All eyes on delegates.
When citizens in the Keystone state go to vote on Tuesday they have to make not one but four decisions when it comes to who they want to represent them at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Pennsylvania has a total of 71 delegates. There are 17 pledged and 54 unpledged delegates. The state is divided into 17 regions. The Presidential candidate who receives the most votes in the region wins one delegate. If Trump, who has a double digit lead in the state, wins every region it will give him 17 delegates who are dedicated to vote for him at the national convention.
So what happens with the 54 unpledged delegates? Voters will see a list of 10 delegate candidates and will be asked to vote for three. The voter will not know which presidential candidate the delegate supports. This means the delegate candidates have to run a campaign to let voters know who they will support. Many delegate candidates don’t let people know who they support. Cruz and Kasich delegate candidate supporters wish to keep their support quiet because Trump is leading the state by such large margins.
I interviewed a Pennsylvania delegate candidate this morning, Gloria Lee Snover. Snover met with Trump last week before a rally in Harrisburg where he asked for her support and for her to pledge to vote for him at the convention. Snover made a commitment to vote for Trump on every ballot. Donald Trump has endorsed Snover for delegate.
Snover told us she has received two phone calls from the Cruz campaign attempting to get her to switch. She went on to say the “Never Trump” Our Principles PAC and Kasich PAC have been making ROBO calls encouraging people to vote for certain delegate candidates without telling them who the candidate supports.
Below are some posts from Snover’s Facebook page:
Beware all Trump supporters!
I have now received 5 robocalls for Tom Whitehead in Congressional District 17 who does not disclose in those calls whom he is supporting. However, those calls were paid for by the following two Political Action Committees: 1) A New Day for America which is a Political Action Committee Supporting John Kasich and 2) Our Principals PAC, which is expressly a part of the anti-Trump or Stop Trump movement (http://www.factcheck.org/2016/03/our-principles-pac/)
[Our Principles PAC-Political Leanings: Republican/Anti-Trump Super PAC Spending Target: Unknown Our Principles PAC was formed in January 2016 to thwart Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Its founder, Katie Packer, is a veteran Republican strategist who was the deputy campaign manager of former Massachusetts Go…factcheck.org]
Don’t be fooled by those stealth candidates who while saying they are going to represent you, in fact are going against your wishes.
The real Trump endorsed delegates for the 17th are
#2 T Lynette Villano
#7 Gloria Lee Snover and
#9 Carolyn L. Bonkowski
Proof is on Donald Trump’s Website found athttps://www.donaldjtrump.com/pennsylvania
CAUTION get this out. There have been 5 robo calls for a delegate candidate in the 17th Congressional District that does not say who they are for, but when you look up the PAC that paid for the call it is Kaisch and Never Trump. Dont be fooled by this phone calls. DO NOT VOTE WHITEHEAD. The establishment is funding his campaign.
The Principles PAC who is running the anti TRUMP campaign has been making calls for delegates. Make sure you do not vote for those delegates. They made four calls to my house for one of the establishment candidates. Caution.
Snover told us she has been active in the Republican party since she was twenty five years old working to get Republicans elected. Although her views are more in line with Cruz, she said it’s time to elect a doer. Below is her testimonial for why she is supporting Donald Trump,
For the last 23 years I have held an elected position in the Republican Party. During those years I work feverishly to get conservative republicans elected; which I am still doing. I am currently Vice Chair of the Northampton County Republican Committee. However, too many times candidates got elected and then went down the establishment or moderate road. Worse yet they completely forgot who helped them get elected or even what their campaign was about. Recently, at a committee meeting one elected official said, “we cannot vote right or we will lose our jobs.” That night I realized I am really volunteering just to get candidates jobs. They will not do what it takes to move this country in the right direction. I am pro life, NRA member, and strong fiscal conservative, but I cannot strictly use that ideology this time. Of course I am more in line with Cruz, but this election is about a man who can break up Washington and the media. I must be willing to cast aside politicians and lawyers and do what is needed to turn this country around; YES a builder/developer. Yes, I think the medicine needed right now is someone who can get the job done; “the doer.” No more conservative speak, but a guy who deals in real. Please do not tell me where Trump stands on the issues because it does not matter. Conservatives please stop debating the issues and go elect a guy who will take the ball all the way down the field and not just five yards.
Forget the media spin and listen to our interview with Snover where she calls it the Pennsylvania Delegate Wild West.