New Allegheny Co. Republican Party Chair

New Allegheny Co. Republican Party Chair


PITTSBURGH, THIS IS KDKA TV NEWS AT 5:00. ALLEGHENY COUNTY REPUBLICANS HAVE A NEW PARTY CHAIR, A 60-YEAR-OLD SALESMAN FROM NORTH FAYETTE ELECTED TO REPLACE DEE RAJAL. SAM DEMARCO IS THE NEW CHAIR. POLITICAL EDITOR JON DELANO SAT DOWN WITH HIM THIS AFTERNOON. Reporter: WHEN REPUBLICANS IN ALLEGHENY COUNTY VOTED IN THE MAY PRIMARY, THERE WERE NO REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR MOST COUNTYWIDE OFFICES. IS THE REPUBLICAN PARTY BROKEN IN ALLEGHENY COUNTY? I THINK IT ABSOLUTELY IS OR WAS BECAUSE WE’RE GOING TO FIX IT. Reporter: COUNTY COUNCILMAN SAM DeMARCO IS THE NEW CHAIR OF THE COUNTY REPUBLICANS. IN OUR FAILURE TO EVEN FIELD CANDIDATES FOR POSITIONS WE AREN’T GIVING THE PEOPLE A CHOICE. Reporter: NO REPUBLICANS FILED TO RUN FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY, TREASURER, COUNTY CONTROLLER AND FIVE OF THE SEVEN COUNTY DISTRICT SEATS. WHO IS SAM DeMARCO? I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN WASHINGTON BEFORE I JOINED THE MARINE CORPS WHEN I WAS 17, UPON RETURNING FROM THE MARINE CORPS WENT TO SCHOOL WITH THE COMMUNITY OF ALLEGHENY COUNTY IN THE COMMUNITY OF PITTSBURGH. Reporter: TRAINED AS A GLAZER IN THE BUILDING TRADES DeMARCO MOVED ON TO SALES AND LED A TEA PARTY AFFILIATE CALLED VETERANS AND PATRIOTS UNITED. NOW AS PARTY CHAIR, DeMARCO WANTS TO REBUILD THE LOCAL REPUBLICAN PARTY. I NEED THE BUILD THE INFRASTRUCTURE. I NEED TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF MEMBERS WE HAVE. I NEED TO BRING FOLKS WHO ARE INTERESTED, FOLKS WHOSE CORE VALUES ALIGN WITH OURS, PEOPLE IN THE PRO GUN, PRO LIFE, PRO SCHOOL CHOICE GROUPS. Reporter: DOES PRESIDENT TRUMP MAKE IT EASIER OR HARDER FOR YOU TO REBUILD THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN ALLEGHENY COUNTY? HE’S MAKING IT EASIER BECAUSE I’M TELLING YOU THERE IS A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF ENTHUSIASM AROUND HIM. Reporter: DeMARCO PRAISES TRUMP’S ECONOMIC POLICIES, BUT WHAT ABOUT TRUMP’S TWEETS LIKE THOSE ABOUT THE FOUR DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSWOMEN? ARE THOSE REMARKS THAT YOU WOULD EMBRACE? I PROBABLY WOULDN’T SAY THAT, BUT WHAT YOU’RE SEEING HERE, YOU’RE SEEING 2020 POLITICS ALREADY. YOU’RE SEEING DEMOCRATS ACCUSING HIM OF BEING RACIST BECAUSE WITH A BOOMING ECONOMY NO PRESIDENT HAS EVER LOST IN THEIR RUN FOR REELECTION. SO THEY’VE GOT TO TRY TO MAKE HIM UNACCEPTABLE. Reporter: IS HE A RACIST? ABSOLUTELY NOT. NOW, OF COURSE, EVERYONE HAS AN OPINION ON THAT QUESTION. IT’S IMPORTANT BECAUSE THE PERCEPTION OF PRESIDENT TRUMP MAY HAVE PLAYED A ROLE WHEN DEMOCRATS WON TWO SPECIAL ELECTIONS LOCALLY, CONOR LAMB FOR CONGRESS AND PAM IOVINO FOR STATE SENATE. SUBURBAN REPUBLICAN WOMEN VOTED FOR THOSE TWO DEMOCRATS AND WILL BE KEY IN 2020. ALLEGHENY COUNTY WAS THE ONLY COUNTY IN WESTERN P.A.

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