Republicans prepare for battle in upcoming election
LOCK HAVEN — The Republicans came to Lock Haven with battle lines drawn, armed with plans, promises, petitions and a roomful of ammunition.
Nearly 200 members of the GOP from Clinton County and beyond filled the banquet room on the second floor of the Elks Lodge downtown on Saturday night, rallying the troops for this year’s election.
The Clinton County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner, was filled with excitement, humor, standing ovations and loud applause as Republican candidates took the stage, including U.S. Congressman Fred Keller, PA House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler of Lancaster County, retiring Jefferson County state Rep. Cris Dush who is running for auditor general, Attorney General candidate Heather Heidelbaugh, Stacy Garrity who is running for state treasurer and Dauphin County Controller Tim DuFour, who’s looking for a first term as state auditor.
But it was Clinton County’s own Stephanie Borowicz, who is seeking a second term as state representative from the 76th District, who commanded the room, telling fellow Republicans she’s ready for a second term, ready to fight to take back the government … take back the commonwealth.
“It’s been quite a year. I’ve stuck to my principals. I’ve stuck to my beliefs. I can truly say that I stood my ground. I’ve been threatened. I’ve been ridiculed. I’ve been called names. But by God’s grace, I have stood steadfast,” she said.
She talked about her support for a Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance for Clinton and Centre counties that would protect citizens against any unconstitutional gun control laws imposed in Harrisburg or Washington D.C.
“What’s going on in Virginia is our reality if we do not stand up and do what is right. This is where we’re at,” she said.
Borowicz is referring to proposed legislation in Virginia to ban the sale of assault-style weapons and possession of high-capacity magazines. That proposal cleared a Virginia House committee last Friday, drawing an angry reaction from gun rights activists that the panel’s chairman had Capitol Police clear the room, the Washington Post reported over the weekend.
The legislation would prohibit the sale or transfer of those firearms beginning July 1, and outlaw possession of the magazines six months later, on Jan. 1, 2021. The legislation initially would have banned all possession of assault weapons, forcing owners to give them up. But the House Public Safety Committee modified it to prohibit only sales and transfers. Anyone who legally owned those guns before the law took effect would be allowed to keep them, the Post reported. The measure takes a harder line on magazines that hold more than 12 rounds and on bump stocks, banning their sale and possession. Bump stocks, attachments that make a gun fire more rapidly, are already subject to a federal ban.
“If we lose the state house and majority, we will find ourselves in same position. I had my sheriff call me about things we can do and possibly put in place. This is the times we’re living in … we have to fight for all the things generations before have fought for. This is why I’m here. This is why you put me here. Right?”
“Fortitude, courage, strength are all lacking in the political world. This is the battle we are in. I love this job. I love getting in the fight. The months ahead could get murky. So many lies, so much deception. They make it sound good. But there are things we don’t know about that are happening in our government. It’s time to take our commonwealth … our country back. We’ll either be a Republic or a socialist nation. I stand with Trump who said we’ll never be a socialist nation.
“There’s just something about it. I feel relentless. Time is short. I’m trying to do this for the people. I’ll end this with a quote from Ronald Reagan, ‘I do not believe in a faith that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a faith that will fall on us if we do nothing.’ My charge to you tonight is to do something. Let’s do something. We are taking our commonwealth and our country back, so join me!” Borowicz said, leaving the stage to a standing ovation and loud applause, as she played the room shaking hands and getting hugs.
Cutler opened with a comment that drew raucous applause.
“It’s so good to have a Republican from here in the state house,” he remarked with a huge smile, before focusing on issues.
“We need a majority in the house so we can run good policy and make the state a better place to live. I want my kids to stay here. Why have a majority? To make the commonwealth a better place for our kids.
“We’re not passing laws … we’re repealing laws … about four dozen useless laws. Some are absurd and haven’t been looked at for some time. We’re making a concerted effort because people without a vision will perish. Our vision is clear … to run an efficient, responsible and respectful culture in Harrisburg.
“Those were the items we focused on and 58 percent of the state said the state is going in the right direction. We haven’t seen numbers like that since the Ridge years. We’re constantly looking at being efficient and spending money in right places. Why is that important … because employers and employees pick up tab when government doesn’t work,” he continued.
Keller said it’s been a great week, mentioning President Trump’s State of the Union Address.
“He promised we would win so much we would get tired of winning. In three years, there’s been a rebirth of America. He put policies into place to make great things happen. We’ve got the lowest unemployment rate since I was four years old. It’s great to celebrate the success of American under the leadership of Donald John Trump. He’s gonna win because he believes in the American people and they believe in him. … in three short years he’s done more than they’ve done in their lifetimes,” he said of the Democrats. “Together we can take back the house and fire Nancy Pelosi for the second time and work to keep America great.”