Pariah: An outcast. Any person that is generally despised or avoided.
Jim Matthews, the Republican turncoat who made a power-sharing deal with Democrat Joe Hoeffel, is being shunned in Montgomery County GOP circles, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. (I thought only the Amish were into shunning.)
I said this months ago. Matthews might as well change his registration to Democrat and stop pretending he's a Republican. No self-respecting Republican wants to be in the same room as Matthews, who turned his back on 85,000 voters who elected a GOP majority of Bruce Castor and Matthews in November.
Matthews helped elect Hoeffel as vice chairman of the commissioners' board and elected Hoeffel as chairman of the county Election Board. Most recently, Matthews gave Hoeffel the county's seat on the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.
Hoeffel has used his new-found power to hire political cronies to lucrative county jobs. This is the same Joe Hoeffel who criticized the GOP-controlled commissioners' board in 2007 for political patronage. (I guess it's different when you get to hire your friends, Joe.)
Although Matthews has been kicked off the 50-member Montgomery County Republican Party Executive Committee, there's not much else GOP leaders can do to punish him ... other than avoiding him.
"Shunning is the only option available to us," GOP Committeeman Brian Miles told the newspaper. "You hope Jim comes to his senses and realizes the devastating impact this will have on the Republican Party in Montgomery County."
Here's a prediction. Matthews will find himself further isolated when the county party ousts current Chairman Ken Davis, a longtime Matthews ally. There's also a movement to remove Bob Asher from his post as a Republican National Committeeman. Asher is the money behind Matthews.
And sooner or later Matthews will realize that his power-sharing agreement with Hoeffel, termed "a deal with the devil" by some, will bite Matthews on the rear end. Hoeffel is using Matthews to get what he wants. Eventually, Hoeffel will go too far and Matthews will realize what a big mistake he made.
Matthews' only option then is to come crawling back to Bruce Castor for help in putting the megalomaniac Hoeffel in check.