Chris Pastore

Upper Dublin, PA

US 13th Congressional District

This Monday there will be a convention of the Republican Committee-people from the Montgomery County portion of US Congressional District 13.  At this meeting we will vote to endorse one of the 6 candidates planning to run for Congress against Allyson Schwartz. Approximately 450 Committee people will be voting.

This is an interesting adventure.  The goal is to identify the candidate most likely to win the general election and support the overall Republican ideals including  efficient  and appropriate government, lower taxes, and security for the citizenship.

All six candidates are considered to be good choices which makes the process more difficult.  Five of these candidates will be rejected and one will be endorsed.  It is a difficult process, but I think that all six of them will band together to support the party.

Most of the press indicates Dr. Damian Dachowski to be the front runner. A dentist by profession, he is charismatic, a good communicator, clear on the issues and has the most momentum of the group.  I posted in an earlier blog entry about Damian’s Health Care Town Hall in early September.  He was putting out the word and collecting information from the community before many of the other candidates announced their intentions.

When it comes to fundraising, according to the FEC reports which cover through the end of December, 2009, Dachowski has raised three times as much money as Adcock and Quinter.  At that time the other 3 candidates had not even filed an FEC report, suggesting no money raised  at that time.

But the decision will not be made based solely on money.  After all, every candidate agreed that if they were not endorsed they would support the chosen candidate.  I would imagine that they intend to redirect their funding sources to the endorsed candidate in support of the party and their stated goal of defeating Schwartz.

What factors will make a given candidate receive the endorsement? I think it will be qualities such as Congressional demeanor, charisma, intelligence, and conviction.  Of course there will be other factors such social and political networks.  This is not necessarily a bad thing. When many candidates are strong something needs to break the tie and connections can be a factor.

I can’t predict the outcome.  I will participate and cast my vote.  I expect several rounds of elections before one candidate is chosen.

Yes, I am biased towards Damian.  I’ve known him for a long time and know that he is a very intelligent, caring, and committed man.  He understands the issues facing Americans and has a well thought-out plan. Even though I dismiss some of the importance of fund-raising issues, Dr. Dachowski has been very effective even before the endorsement convention. I am rooting for him.

But many things can happen in a convention, especially with 6 viable candidates going for a single position.

I’ll keep you posted…

7 Responses to “US 13th Congressional District”

  1. Michael says:

    How do you get on the committee?

  2. admin says:

    It is an elected position. Each even year primary (for example this May) there are elections for the Committee People. Each voting district elects a Committee Man and a Committee Woman for each of the two major parties. Then the public votes during the primary election.

  3. Michael says:

    So what did the committee decide?

  4. admin says:

    Dee Adcock was endorsed.

  5. Michael says:

    So Damian will not be on the ballot?

  6. admin says:

    No – Damian was not endorsed and he indicated that he will support Dee Adcock. The primary will have 2 candidates – Dee Adcock (endorsed by Montgomery County) and Brian Haughton (endorsed by Philadelphia County).

  7. Michael says:

    I certainly hope that we have the right candidate. She has an awful lot of money and it seems unlikely that she would lose, but I guess anything is possible.

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