After a one and one-half hour meeting at GOP headquarters in Wyomissing, the Berks GOP Executive Committee selected Larry Medaglia on the first ballot to be the party's standard-bearer in the special election for the 11th Senatorial District seat against Judy Schwank. Schwank was chosen earlier in the day by the Democrats after about a 20 minute "deliberation," being the sole candidate nominated in the meeting.
The district, which has a substantial Democratic registration edge, nonetheless has a good many of those Democrats located in the City of Reading, which has a notoriously low turnout in off-year and primary elections. Further, Medaglia has a history of leading most Republican candidates in his vote totals from the city.
Democratic Party chief Tom Herman has been quoted as modestly saying “Slam dunk. We’re going to win. We’re going to retain the 11th.” Sure, Tom, just like Manan Trivedi was your "slam dunk" against Jim Gerlach. Trivedi has promised to place his "sizable" Reading operation behind Schwank. We can only hope so. We hope it will bring her as much success as it brought Trivedi.
Another famous Republican, Abraham Lincoln, once said that "the hen is the wisest of all creatures. She never cackles until the egg is laid." Wise words indeed for Mr. Herman.