One goal eluded Rob Gleason for years since he took over as chairman of the state Republican Party in 2006.
Last year, he achieved it.
A Republican, President-elect Donald Trump, won Pennsylvania and the White House.
His goal achieved, he said today he won’t seek another four-year term as chairman.
“Today, we swear in a Republican majority in the United States Senate including U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey; a Republican majority in the United States House of Representatives including 13 Republicans from Pennsylvania; a Republican majority of 34 in the state Senate; a Republican majority … in the state House of Representatives; and 53 county courthouses under Republican control,” Mr. Gleason said. “We are 17 days away from swearing in a Republican President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. I cannot think of a better time to celebrate more than a decade of working for the best grassroots organization in the country.”
Mr. Gleason said he privately told family members, friends and close advisors this would be his last term after his last re-election in 2013.
“I am very proud of the time and effort that I have invested to see our party be recognized as a model for the nation,” Mr. Gleason said. “We have fought against tough odds from voter registration, powerful special interests and an ever changing political climate to win key races year after year.”
In a state with more than 900,000 more Democrats than Republicans, that’s a pretty good record, but Mr. Trump’s and Mr. Toomey’s victories in Pennsylvania are the exceptions rather than the rule in statewide elections. Democrats have dominated statewide races the last decade and swept the three row offices — attorney general, auditor general and treasurer — for the second election in a row.
State party general counsel Lawrence Tabas and Chester County Republican chairman Val DiGiorgio want to replace Mr. Gleason.
— BORYS KRAWCZENIUK