Montco GOP Chair Steps Down Amid Assault Allegations

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"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.

Gina Passarella can be contacted at 215-557-2494 or at gpassarella@alm.com. Follow her on Twitter @GPassarellaTLI.

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  • MJnevetS

    " '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."

    Wow, what an arrogant offensive A-hole! While I have no knowledge of whether the above allegations against Mr. Kern are true or not, assuming they are true (for the purpose of the above comment), it shows why the weakening of the party is a GOOD thing! When the Republicans in MontCo had more power they could either buy off or suppress the criminal conduct of its leaders, or put fear into victims so that they were unwilling to come forward. If that is the case, then their power should be dissolved completely. Nobody is, or should be above the law and when a victim has been sexually assaulted, the predator who committed the act should be prosecuted and if convicted, properly punished. It is a sad statement on the condition of our country not only that there is not equal justice under the law, but that the above commentator thinks nothing of announcing it to decry the 'unfortunate loss of power' to the MontCo Republican machine.

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