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.
Dr. Whaley and his lovely wife are traveling this week so Dr. Tidman came to discuss our viewer questions this morning. We love when Dr. Tidman comes to visit because not only does he answer our questions he always leaves us laughing with a great joke. Today Dr. Tidman and BKP discussed the opiate addiction problem in the US, healthcare, insurance companies and the scares of government mandated healthcare. He then answered the following viewer questions this week:
I have sharp pains in my ankles at times when I am walking – is this just a sign of getting older?
Can weather changes trigger migraines?
I’ve put petroleum jelly on the inside of my nose for years to relieve dryness. Is this safe?
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Today the All-Star Panel covered a wide range of topics: failed Obama-care, John McCain, Jeff Sessions, and the President’s speech to the boy scouts just to name a few. The panel was divided on a couple of the topics today which doesn’t happen often. Listen in to hear what topics they were not all in agreement on. To join the All-Star Political Panel come up to Sycamore Crossing every Friday morning at 8:45 am.
Dr. Whaley always comes to tell us the latest in health, ask our viewer questions and talk politics with BKP on Fridays. Today they discussed politics, the President’s speech in Poland, concussions, and our viewer questions. This week’s viewer questions were:
1) What is an ocular migraine? Is it a sign of something serious?
2) If olive oil is high in fat, why is it considered healthy?
3) Are nail ridges in fingernails cause for concern?
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This weeks All-Star Political Panel had much to discuss. They covered topics such as Congressman Steve Scalise being shot on the baseball field, the Russian investigation not having any real evidence, President Donald Trump’s tweets, and so much more. At the end of the panel listen in for BKP’s word lesson for the week. Not only does Rick show him a few words he missed this week but Jane also helps him with grammatical correctness. You do not want to miss our All-Star Panel always keeping you up to date with the latest political news going on this this country. If you want to be on our All-Star Panel on Fridays come out to Sycamore Crossing in beautiful Down Town Blue Ridge to sit in and share your opinions in the discussion.
All of the major media networks spent their time on air this weekend talking negatively about President Donald Trump as usual. Most discussed the accusations of Kushner and Trump setting up a back channel for discussions with Russia. However on NBC’s Meet The Press, guest Kimberley Strassel, gave them a little more than they bargained for. In this segment we show two versions of the clip of her interview. Strassel states that “I think we are having a discussion that is absolutely divorced from reality this week. It is astonishing.” She brings up that candidate Obama had set up a back channel with the Iranians. In one video clip you can hear that the network edited out Obama’s name, but in the second clip it is clear. She may not be welcome back on NBC’s Meet the Press, but at least she knew the facts and wasn’t afraid to call it like she sees it.
Every Friday morning the great All-Star Political Panel gets together to discuss the latest political issues that have the media buzzing. Jane, BKP, Rick and Bruce sit down today to discuss health care, Comey’s firing, the memo, and Rod Rosenstein. Other topics that come up during this discussion are the Russian investigation and it’s lack of evidence. Lastly they discuss out great tax dollars at work to help Bradley Manning become Chelsea Manning while in a military prison. Thanks to Obama not only did we pay for his transition from male to female he also was released after only serving 7 years of his 35 year sentence. Do you want to get in on the discussion? Come join us on Friday mornings about 8:45 am and you can be apart of the All-Star Political Panel too!
Georgia’s 9th District Congressman Doug Collins talks with BKP today about the health care bill. Collins also states that he believes and hopes they will be able to start working on the tax reform this year. BKP also asks the Congressman if he is still a supporter of President Donald Trump. Lastly Collins discusses issues that he and his team are working on that are more specifically focused in the 9th District: Dodd Frank Act, the VA – veteran’s health care, police week, and human trafficing week.
President Donald Trump accepted the recommendation from Assistant Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to remove James Comey from his position as FBI Director. Many Democrats like Senator Chuck Schumer are asking “Why now?”
Democrats continue to reference Comey as the man leading the investigation concerning the Russians. Maybe they forgot that the FBI is an entire agency and can continue investigations without James Comey. A year after the fact, no one has any evidence of a direct connection between Donald Trump and the Russian government.
On July 5th, in a statement Comey said there was evidence of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton handling classified information but he could not prove her intent. Democrat Senators and the media say Comey’s firing resemble the famous “Saturday night massacre” by President Richard Nixon. This is where President Nixon fired Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox. In the show today BKP explained how there is nothing about Watergate that resembles Donald Trump firing James Comey.
We also look at the coincidence that President Bill Clinton fired FBI Director, William Sessions, on July 19th and Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster’s body was found in Fort Marcy park on July 20th.
The bottom line is President Donald Trump fired Comey because he was no longer effective and able to run the agency. “The Director of the FBI must be someone who follows faithfully the rules and principles of the Department of Justice and who sets the right example for our law enforcement officials and others in the Department. Therefore I must recommend that you remove Director James B. Comey, Jr. and identify an experienced and qualified individual to lead the great men and women of the FBI.” – Attorney General Jeff Session
(R) Karen Handel seems to be doing exactly what is necessary to get out the Republican vote in the 6th district. (D) Jon Ossoff has to spend the next two months convincing the Democrats just to go back to the polls. On the other hand Handel has to get every registered Republican vote she can; regardless of who they voted for last week or in the Presidential primary election. Within the next two months it won’t be hard to bump into a well known Republican in the 6th district. Handel has received endorsements from almost every single Republican. From her one time rival Governor Nathan Deal to what some consider controversial President Donald Trump.
BKP questioned last week what Karen Handel would do concerning Donald Trump voters. Would she embrace President Trump during her campaign or listen to the media and turn down the possibility to campaign with The President?
During an interview on CNN, Handel shared her conversation with The President stating “He just called to say congrats and encourage me and let me know as we go into June 20, it’s all hands on deck for Republicans.” When asked if she thought Mr. Trump might come down and campaign with her, Handel responded, “I would hope so,” adding, “I don’t think this is about any one person.”
The 6th Congressional district race could set the tone for the 2018 midterms. For Republicans the 6th district will look like a real “who’s who.” But who will the Democrats send to help Jon Ossoff in this important race; Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, or maybe even Maxine Waters.