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.
Last week Pennsylvania 15th District Congressman Charlie Dent announced he would not seek an 8th term. One thing Dent did not say in his announcement is if he would complete his current term.
Just days before Dent’s announcement PA State Rep from the 131st District, Justin Simmons, announced he would challenge Dent for the 15th District seat.
The day after Dent’s announcement PA State Rep from the 134th District, Ryan Mackenzie, threw his hat into the race. Sources tell FYN that Mackenzie was with Dent the night before Dent made his announcement.
Mackenzie is being called Dent’s hand picked candidate. In an interview with FYN Simmons said Mackenzie is a part of the state establishment, the Republican establishment candidate. Simmons had the nerve to oppose Dent. We can’t find any information which indicates Mackenzie was prepared to oppose Dent before Dent announced he would not run.
Remember Dent did not say he would complete his term. Sources tell FYN Dent plans to retire. If he retires the voters won’t get a chance to pick the next 15th District Republican candidate through the primary process. The Governor will call for a special election. The voters will lose their voice.
Pictured L-R Lehigh County Rep Chairman Jess Banotai, Berks County Rep Chairman Joe Rudderow, Dauphin County Rep Chairman Dave Feidt, Lebanon County Rep Chairman Casey Long, & Northampton County Rep Chairman Lee Snover.
The Republican County Chairman “Party Bosses” from each county will pick Delegates. These Delegates will then vote for their candidate to run against a Democrat candidate. The Democrats have the same process.
Sources tell FYN that the cards are stacked in favor for Mackenzie and if Dent retires he will most likely become the Republican Candidate.
Dent is a liberal Republican who has opposed President Trump at every turn. Dent finds every TV camera he can in order to say something negative about President Trump. Darlin’ Charlie Dent reminds many PA Republican of Darlin’ Arlen Specter. Dent is the Co-Chair of the liberal Republican Tuesday Group.
The PA Republican establishment must remember, without the support of Senator Pat Toomey or Charlie Dent, Donald Trump won Pennsylvania. So without votes from Trump supporters the 15th District could easily go to a Democrat.
Could Dent be preparing for a run for Governor?
We called Dent to ask him if he is retiring.
My interview with Justin Simmons
My next article “How the PA 15th resembles the GA 6th between (R) Karen Handel and (D)Jon Ossoff with different results
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A runoff seems to be certain in the GA 6th Congressionaldistrict special election to replace HHS Secretary Tom Price, taking place today. Democrat Jon Ossoff looks to be guaranteed one of the runoff spots; the second spot will be left open to Republican Dan Moody, Karen Handel, or Bob Gray. If you are tired of all of the commercials and think they will end tonight… Think again. There will be just as many commercials but now it will be narrowed down to just two candidates. So get ready ready for another two months of political campaign ads, because election day is June 20th.
If Ossoff wins at least 40 % of the vote tonight there is a good chance that he will be able to win the election in June to become the new Congressman of the GA 6th. A runoff election is generally won by the opponent that can get their voters back to the polls. Just like most sports; the team that has the momentum wins. It is going to be questionable as to whether the Republicans can coalesce and change the momentum of the game.
If Democrats just take the voter role from tonight, with the amount of money they have coming in nation wide; they will be able to do anything necessary to get the voters back to the polls on June 20th. If the top Republican is only in the area of 20% of the vote tonight they have the challenge of getting that 20% back to the polls in addition to the margin needed to win from the Republicans they ran against. If Karen Handel is the front runner can you really see Bob Gray, Judson Hill, Dan Moody and the rest of the Republicans out begging their voters to return to the polls. BKP sees them half heartedly endorsing her, but not aggressively working for her campaign.
Ossoff has many media outlets to thank for their media coverage, not to mention this morning’s MSNBC’s 15 minute Ossoff infomercial. Morning Joe and Mika Brzezinski spent about 15 minutes talking about President Donald Trump’s poor polling numbers. BKP strongly believes the poor polling report was to lead the voters of the 6th district to believe the country is turning on President Donald Trump. They continued by telling their audience that in less than 100 days of his presidency the American people have tuned him out. That gave Mika a perfect segway into, “Up next: A special election that could spell trouble for the GOP.”
MSNBC’s Political Correspondent, Casey Hunt, proceeded with what we consider a Jon Ossoff infomercial. Hunt dedicated only about 15 seconds of her report to Republicans Bob Gray and Karen Handel. Hunt was even able to find, in her non-biased reporting, a Republican in the district that voted for Jon Ossoff. Republicans go into every election already behind one strike knowing the media is against them.
In today’s segment BKP reminds people of the late Andrew Breitbart’s comments concerning Congressman John Lewis – “The orchestrated lie.” President Donald Trump had the nerve to call John Lewis a liar. Republicans never want to offend anybody, want to play the middle of the road, and know how to lose an election. BKP is concerned that Republicans attacking Ossoff’s youth and fondness for Star Wars, may have been non-beneficial. Did Republicans miss how Star Wars is to all age groups? Maybe Republicans don’t remember a college keg party? REALLY… Democrats are organized. If they win the 6th district, the next stop is winning The House, and the grand finale will be redistricting in 2021. A must watch segment. Republicans beware… This may be offensive… Because it’s the truth!
Will (R) Karen Handel embrace or distance herself from President Donald Trump? Will Trump voters come out and vote for Karen Handel? How hard will Dan Moody, Judson Hill, and Bob Gray work to convince their voters to vote for Karen Handel? If Fulton County is the Republican stronghold of the district then why did Ossoff get 41,269 votes? Ossoff received almost as many votes in Fulton County as Gray, Handel and Moody combined. Donald Trump is President of the United States because he did not used the “Republican Playbook.” By using the playbook the Republicans almost lost the 6th district. When will Republicans learn to throw the playbook out the window – Trump style?