Saturday, November 10, 2007

Great news: Bob Glancy resigns - Pennsylvania Wire Allegheny Co. GOP chairman resigns after dismal ballot showing

PITTSBURGH (AP) Allegheny County's Republican Party chairman has resigned just days after the party failed to field candidates in several high-profile county races. Robert Glancy announced his resignation Thursday. Glancy is president of the R.A. Glancy & Sons construction company and was elected party chair in June 2004.

The county offered no candidates for county executive, county controller, district attorney, treasurer or for five County Council seats.

Mark DeSantis ran one of the most aggressive mayoral campaigns by a Republican in recent memory, but still lost to incumbent Democrat Luke Ravenstahl who got 64 percent of the vote.
He should have left years ago.


Thomas Leturgey said...

The city Republican party has wanted him out for years. He went after Bob Hillen, who was doing a far better job than Glancy.

The Allegheny County Republican Party has been in a free-fall for years.

The new County Chairman should move the offices from downtown to an affordable location, perhaps in Beechview, where folks could easily get there via T-line from downtown.

Schultz said...

I doubt that office location is going to have an impact on the Republican Party's viability in the city of Pittsburgh. The party's only chance is city-county consolidation, although I do not expect the heavily Republican municipalities in the North and South Hills of the county to become part of the new city of Pittsburgh.

Mark Rauterkus said...

The in-fighting really killed the city. That was missed in the papers.

Thomas Leturgey said...

"The in-fighting really killed the city." What does that even mean?

As per Schultz, the office location downtown was expensive, thusly ineffective when it came to paying other things with meager fundraising. Of course cheaper rent matters.

The party's only chance is city-counsolidation? Ideally, but the county party in 2007 is light years behind the city party in organizational skills, so that's a simplistic argument.

Plus, the city would become part of Allegheny County, not the other way around. That's been the consolidation 101 idea for years, years and years.

Sorry, I didn't realize I'd have to go back 10 years to blow the dust off all of decade-old "point, counter-point."