Former PA Supreme Court Justice Sandra Schultz Newman has filed a civil action over an upcoming Montgomery County Republican Committee leadership vote, alleging that current chair William Donnelly violated electoral guidelines.
Newman’s filing states that MCRC chairman William Donnelly erred by moving forward with a hotly contested leadership vote while recent GOP committeeperson elections had not yet been certified, writes Ryan Briggs at cityandstatepa.com.
Newman, a prominent Republican, also fired off a separate letter accusing Donnelly of violating “the rights of all Montgomery County voters who participated in the Spring 2018 election and voted for committee people” by moving forward without proper certification.
The contest for the Montoo GOP chair has become an unexpectedly cutthroat contest. Donnelly intends to step down and has backed lawyer Elizabeth Havey – daughter of former state Attorney General Ernie Preate – for the role. Local Republican fixture Tom Ellis had also sought the position but unexpectedly dropped out as past sexual harassment complaints resurfaced, instead throwing his weight behind attorney Lauren Casper for the leadership role.
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