asked and answered: ronnie go bye-bye

I love it when my sources are RIGHT!

Ronnie the Rep is back to just Ronnie the Realtor as per The Daily Local. I think I may have had my other post asking up just before the paper published, not totally sure. Actually it doesn’t matter, I am thrilled this is actually true. And it is fascinating that the Chester County GOP actually and apparently exhibited a bit of a spine for once. I credit County Commissioner Michelle Kichline there. And truthfully, the Chester County GOP would be better if she were at the helm there. It’s time for a woman who knows what she is doing. Yes, I just said that out loud.

WEST CHESTER — Ron Vogel, the neophyte candidate for Congress who gained support among area Republicans for his campaign against what he called the “woke far-left mob” has decided to withdraw from his run for the 6th Congressional District seat now held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan.

“I’ve come to the conclusion that running for Congress is not in their best interests and that of my party,” he said in a statement issued to MediaNews Group. “Politics will always be here, but these formative years in my young children’s lives will not. I’ll be spending more time with my family. After all, they’ve put a lot on hold for me over the past five months.

Vogel said his decision came after “mudslinging and ad hominem attacks” against him had escalated and brought “harassment and threats to me and my family.

“I am going to suspend my campaign at this time,” Vogel wrote.

The dramatic announcement came Tuesday, after concerns were raised in Republican Party circles about Vogel’s candidacy when video and text messages attributed to him that contained elements of anti-Semitic messages, sexism and racially tinged language were reported by MediaNews Group. Those messages brought his past into question and elevated worries about his campaign, those associated with the Chester County Republican Party said Tuesday.

Vogel reportedly had communicated his intentions to GOP Chairman Dr. Gordon Eck Tuesday morning after he was told that if he did not drop out, the GOP committee would issue a formal censure against him and withhold its assistance in the May 17 Primary Election, sources who asked to remain anonymous because they had not been given authority to speak for the party said.

Members of the committee’s Executive Board voted against Vogel continuing in the race for the Republican nomination on Monday at a mass meeting of Republican officials, by a tally of 18-8, those aware of the situation said.

The move also came after county Commissioner Michelle Kichline, the GOP’s highest ranking county elected official, and others publicly and privately called for him to step aside and for the party to rescind its support of his candidacy. Kichline called the posts she had viewed attributed to the newcomer were “beyond troubling.”…..Speaking of the process in the party that helped spur Vogel towards his unprecedented decision, a GOP source who also asked to remain anonymous so as to speak freely confirmed that the vote against Vogel remaining in the race was “overwhelming.”

Not only was the subject matter and language of the posts that were attributed to him disqualifying, those speaking in favor of his withdrawal said, but they would leave the party with an unelectable candidate against Houlahan in the fall should he secure the nomination next month.

The emergency meeting at which the vote took place was held at the GOP headquarters in West Chester Monday evening, lasted two hours, and featured chairs of the committees for various geographical areas in the county, party officers, and others. Kichline spoke at the beginning of the meeting, urging the committee to take action against Vogel, but then left the session when its debate began.

Vogel did not appear.

The source described the discussion as “heated” and “emotional,” with Vogel’s supporters arguing against the move and others saying for him to remain would prove damaging to the party. His supporters called news about the social media posts an effort by the party’s establishment, working in connection with the news media, to derail his candidacy. 

~daily local news article Vogel, haunted by social media posts, suspends 6th Congressional District campaign by michael rellehan april 26, 2022

So bye bye Ronnie for Rep, we hardly knew ye. But I know a lot of realtors and had never heard of Ronnie the Realtor, either. But you seem to work hard at being a Realtor so maybe stick to that for a while? It’s kind of that fabulous line out of the 1988 movie Working Girl when Cynthia played by Joan Cusack said “Sometimes, I dance around my apartment in my underwear… doesn’t make me Madonna, never will.” Maybe take that quote to heart regarding politics, Ronnie?

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