Montco GOP Chair Steps Down Amid Assault Allegations
"Most people are not at all convinced that a crime was committed," said attorney Michael Adler, a Republican committeeman in Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County. "It's a mess. I'm disappointed. We don't need this. We have a governor to elect. We have party unity now and then this happened."
Adler said the grand jury investigating the matter has to decide what happened.
Another person involved in Montgomery County politics said it just so happened Kerns presided over the party during the "death throes" of the party, which saw its county power recede to Democrats ever since President Obama's first run in 2008. The party's problems weren't necessarily related to any management style of Kerns, the politico said.
But the fact that the investigation into the allegations against him went public is a testament to the party's fractured state and perceived diminished power, the source said.
"I'm not sure the woman comes forward 10 years ago," the source said of the complainant against Kerns. The source said the party would have somehow resolved the situation privately or the woman would have been too scared of the party's power to have reported the alleged incident. The source said he found the timing of the allegations "curious."
A call to Kerns' law firm was not returned.