February 8, 2010

Adcock Wins Montco Endorsement

Tonight was the first real test of political strength for a congressional challenger to unseat a proud progressive democrat, and Obama pawn, in a not-so-long-ago blue state. At stake was the Montgomery County GOP endorsement for Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional district and a chance to face Allyson Schwartz in November.

Six candidates were vying for the critical support of the suburban Republican committeepersons and the obvious edge it brings over any primary challengers.

After one round, Damian Dachowski and Dee Adcock were the only two candidates with enough votes to continue to round two; neither garnering the required 50% plus one needed to win the endorsement.

On the second ballot, Dee Adcock got the number he needed to win the critical support. Dachowski graciously joined Dee and the two embraced on stage. Dachowski stated his desire to ensure GOP victory in the fall campaign.

Dee's warmth and charm will contrast perfectly against the Washington insider Schwartz and Adcock has the kind of war chest Allyson hasn't faced in 6 years.

Overheard at tonight's event was that the Philadelphia half of the district is supporting the lone city resident on tonight's stage, Philly firefighter Brian Haughton. Whether this actually turns into a legit primary challenge isn't clear, but seems likely.

It forces both candidates to spend valuable money earning the primary vote, but it will also provide both candidates something they need - hard campaign experience.
Congresswoman Schwartz continues to act as though she has nothing to worry about. She's still proud to boast her influence in the Obamacare nightmare. She has no idea what she's up against. Tonight, the committee was clear - her days are numbered.

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