WILKES-BARRE — A letter is being circulated to Pennsylvania’s elected Republican delegates, asking them to declare their reaffirmation of support for President Donald Trump.
The move comes as national media outlets have been reporting that Trump’s support in rural areas, including parts of Pennsylvania, may be slipping.
Rick Morelli, a former Luzerne County Council member who was an elected delegate to the 2017 Republican National Convention, said Wednesday he received an email from fellow Pennsylvania GOP delegate Matt Jansen, asking him to read and endorse a letter of support for Trump.
“I did sign it and sent it back,” Morelli said. “I signed it because I agree that not only the delegates, but the people who supported Trump still support him and his ideas. It’s a message to the Republican leadership to get off their butts and get something done.”
The letter asks the GOP delegates “to present this statement of unwavering support for the continued success of the President.” It goes on to say, “His long-established and historically noteworthy decree of ‘America First’ differs from the contemporary Republican approach. More decisively, America First transcends the political divide where registered Democrats broke from their own party, and joined with first-time voters in a resounding display of support for an America First policy agenda.
“The president accurately recognizes a shift in the needs of the American electorate and the voters demand the House and Senate recognize the shift as well.”
Morelli said the Republican Party has an opportunity to get things done and the letter is a message that the Trump supporters still support Trump’s ideas.
“If the Republican Party can’t find ways to meet in the middle, their will be a good chance that the Republicans will lose their majority,” Morelli said. “So basically, it’s a wake-up call to the Republican leadership that we Trump supporters still believe in what he ran on and we realize that his ideas can’t succeed without the help of Congress.”
Andrew Shecktor, a Berwick council member who also served as a GOP delegate, is running for the Republican nomination in the 11th Congressional District — the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta of Hazleton. Barletta announced earlier this year he is seeking the GOP nomination in the race for the U.S. Senate.
Shecktor agrees “100 percent” with the letter.
“Heck, I agree 1,000 percent with every word of the letter,” Shecktor said. “It represents my feelings and my beliefs without a doubt. We fought hard at the convention to bring the Republican Party together in support of Donald Trump. We saw the new-age ‘old school’ Republicans push back — their views being almost identical to modern-day party Democrats.”
Shecktor feels the system needs change.
“It needs to be changed now if we are to survive as a nation,” Shecktor said. “We cannot be beholden to billionaires and a greedy corporate oligarchy any longer. It is time to drain the swamp — both parties. It is time to redefine politics and revert to the original intent of our elected leaders being our representatives.”
Morelli said Jansen told him he intended to hand the letter “to some Trump heavy hitters” as well as conservative media folks at Trump’s event in Harrisburg on Wednesday night.