Two Republican candidates who ran for Montgomery County row offices last November are accusing Montgomery County Commissioners' Chairman Jim Matthews of stabbing them in the back.
Reporter Margaret Gibbons says that Matthews, a U.S. Navy veteran, reneged on an alleged commitment to the pair to jointly reach out to the county's 60,000-plus veterans to bolster their candidacies, according to a letter sent out this week by Robert J. Sander and Dr. Gordon S. Clement to GOP committee members.
From Gibbons' article:
The pair was among the five Republican row office candidates to suffer unprecedented defeats by Democrats at the same time as the head of the GOP ticket, commissioner candidates Matthews and Bruce L. Castor Jr., won election.Matthews ran his own campaign on the side (with the assistance of county party chairman Ken Davis and National GOP Committeeman Bob Asher) and eventually made a pact with Democrat Joe Hoeffel to share power on the commissioners' board, leaving Republican Bruce L. Castor Jr. the odd man out.
In the letter, Clement and Sander said the entire GOP slate of candidates had agreed to run as a team.
Also, realizing the importance of the county’s veterans’ votes, the pair said they met with Matthews and planned a strategy to reach out together to veterans “with whom we all shared a natural bond based on our military service.”
The pair subsequently learned in September that Matthews, long at odds with Castor and who had started running his own shadow campaign, had done extensive outreach and mailings to veterans that excluded both Sander and Clement.
"Jim made a pledge to us personally (not Bruce and not the team) that we would work on this area together," Sander and Clement state in their letter. "Jim broke his word to both of us."
Read the full story in today's edition of The Times-Herald in Norristown.
You can also read more about the letters at the Writemarsh blog.