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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Rumors continue to swirl around the West Wing that Chief Political Advisor to the President, Steve Bannon and Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus may be on the way out. Bannon seems to battle on the daily basis with Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. On the other hand rumors swirl that Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, may be on the way out and could be replaced with Gary Cohen. It is no secret that Cohen is a Democrat in Trump’s White House. Manhattan liberals including Cohen, Kushner and Ivanka Trump seem to have taken over the West Wing of the White House. In this segment we look at the increase of Jewish influence in the West Wing while people like Kellyanne Conway, Priebus and Bannon get moved aside.
Republicans run the risk of losing The House in 2018 if Bannon, Priebus and Conway are gone from Trump’s Administration. The three are largely responsible for Trump’s Nationalist America First Agenda that brought rural Americans in record numbers to the polls.
After the chemical weapons strike in Syria, by President Bashar al-Assad, President Donald Trump responded by launching 59 tomahawk missiles. The internet world is abuzz with multiple opinions of what really happened:
- Donald Trump sold out to the capitalists.
- The Russians set up the chemical attack so Donald Trump would look good when he retaliated. This would help to show Trump did not have ties to Vladimir Putin.
- The rebels in Syria staged the attack in order to make it look like Assad gassed his own people to get the U.S. involved.
- Dark State/ Globalist/ Council on Foreign Relations.
These are just a few, among many, of the theories that are being used to explain what happened.
Does President Donald Trump have a master plan for peace in the Middle East that includes regime change in Syria? Is it a coincidence that President Trump first met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, then meets with Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, followed by King Abdullah II of Jordan, and lastly Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi? Immediately after Trump finalizes meetings with these Middle Eastern countries, Syrian President launches a chemical attacks that the U.S. responds to – Coincidence?
Senators (D) Joe Manchin, (D) Heidi Heitkamp, and (D) Joe Donnelly broke ranks with the fellow Democrats, to vote for Neil Gorsuch as Associate Supreme Court Justice. All three candidates are facing re-election in 2018. Trump had decisive wins in North Dakota, West Virginia, and Indiana. These are three Senate seats Republicans feel they can gain in 2018. All three Senators may have very strong Republican opponents and they certainly don’t want to be explaining to voters why they voted against Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court.
Also in our morning monologue, we discuss President Donald Trump’s retaliation for Syria’s use of chemical weapons on their own people. After the monologue we start looking at all the conspiracy theories regarding the power struggle between Chief Strategists, Steve Bannon and Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Senior Advisor, Jared Kushner.
9th Congressional district Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) spoke exclusively to FYNTV on Friday’s edition of Good Morning From the Office. Collins spoke on a multitude of issues, from the executive actions regarding Obamacare, to his personal crusade for adequate internet service and competition in rural Northeast Georgia. However, his remarks regarding tax reform were quite revealing. According to Collins, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) has informed House members that he will keep the House in session, if necessary, throughout the Christmas recess in order to pass tax reform.
The tax question is asked around the 11:00 minute mark of the FULL INTERVIEW below.
BKP: From the House side, will we get tax reform?
Rep. Collins: Yes. I feel very comfortable, in fact, it is the top priority for us in leadership, and the speaker. In fact, the speaker put us on notice yesterday (Thursday) that he would keep us through Christmas or any other holiday to make sure it gets done this year. It was very disturbing to hear some members of the Senate saying “Well, we gotta negotiate, it may be the first of the year” No. It’s time to get behind the American people, time to get behind the President and pass tax reform. It’s way past due.
While most media outlets are concerned with a position change with one of Trump’s Chief Advisors, Steve Bannon, The President is meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan, President Abdel Fattah El-sisi of Egypt and President Xi Jinping of China. In one week President Donald Trump will set into motion to solve the crisis in North Korea, Syria and begin to workout Middle East peace with Israel and their allies. Most world leaders would agree on one word describing Trump – COURAGE. The world leaders that seem to be concerned about President Trump have one thing in common; They are all Globalist. The United Nations, The European Union, and The European Elite.
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.
We’ve been saying for months the the strategy from the Trump/Bannon team would be to take down establishment Republicans. As you’re all well aware, the Democrats have several vulnerable candidates. But, what good does it do to replace them with establishment Republicans? Let’s look at the case of Joe Manchin.
People in West Virginia love Joe Manchin, the last popular Democrat governor. Yet, things have changed there, and our sources tell us that Republicans have even tried to flip Joe Manchin to the Republican side. Yet, he refuses to do so because he is a lifelong Democrat.
BKP can relate, his grandparents in West Virginia were hardcore Democrats. They never had nice things to say about Republicans and when his Dad became a Republican it didn’t go over well. Eventually though, his Grandmother left the Dems. When asked why she switched, she said “because my kids became Republicans.” But, she was scared to admit it to people. This is a microcosm of how the Manchin family has DEEP, DEEP Democrat roots in West Virginia for multiple generations.
Remember these quotes?
“If you want to open a coal plant you can but we will bankrupt it” -Barrack Obama
“We want to put coal companies out of business!” – Hillary Clinton
Well that helps to explain the losses Democrats have suffered in places like West Virginia. And, although the media and Democrats are doing their best to slowly pick off the Trump cabinet, it isn’t going to work. It won’t work because Trump is playing chess while they’re playing checkers. Trump is sticking to his agenda.
Just look at Scott Pruitt, who is rolling back the EPA rules from the Obama Era. The Left and Liberals are beside themselves claiming it pushes the Federal Government further away from combating Global Warming. Trump is doing what he can himself to keep his campaign promises. However, when it comes to Congress his “pen is dry.” Anything that requires action from Congress cannot get done because the Republicans in Congress have failed. So why should we choose a Democrat turned Republican like Evan Jenkins?
Don’t panic: It’s not like the voters are going to suddenly vote in Democrats. Everyone who tries to run on “not voting for tax cuts, better insurance, etc. because Trump sent a tweet and it made me mad,” will lose badly. Just like we said before, Bannon left just in time to run Primary Opponents against every Republican (save Ted Cruz). Bannon and Trump know that it is going to take a long time before they can truly “drain the swamp.”