GOP chair defends endorsement process

NORWICH – On March 29, the Chenango County Republican Committee endorsed Joseph McBride for the soon to be vacant Chenango County Court Judge position. Since then, McBride’s opponent, fellow Republican Frank Revoir, questioned the committee’s decision to endorse before the September primary, and alleged “dirty politics” in the process.

As a result of a recent Evening Sun article and letters to the editor that discussed the endorsement, Tom Morrone, chairman of the GOP Committee, issued a press release “confirming the integrity of the process the committee used in reaching a decision” to endorse McBride.

In the release, Morrone noted every member of the committee was sent a written invitation to attend the annual meeting at the Norwich Town Hall and an agenda was sent in advance. “The attendance for the meeting was typical for our meetings and no committee person advised me either before or after the meeting that they were not attending because of any particular item on the agenda,” he said. “If someone had a problem, they should have come to the meeting and attempted to convince the other committee members to agree with them. In my 38 years of being the chairman, no one has ever told me that they skipped a meeting because of what we were going to talk about, and I regularly talk to a lot of them.”

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