Dems elect groen as state chair­man

The Republican Herald - - STATE -

The Penn­syl­va­nia Demo­cratic state com­mit­tee elected Mar­cel Groen as its chair­man in mid- septem­ber 2015, re­plac­ing Jim Burn, who ful­filled a prom­ise to step down in the in­ter­est of party unity. “I see this as the best so­lu­tion ... to get the fo­cus back on the can­di­dates and the Democrats,” rather than on in­ter­nal dis­putes, Burn said.

Burn, first elected chair­man in 2010, had re­fused to step aside in 2014 af­ter Tom Wolf won a four- way Demo­cratic gu­ber­na­to­rial pri­mary with 58 per­cent of the vote and tried to re­place him with Katie Mcginty, who fin­ished last in the pri­mary.

The state com­mit­tee granted Burn a sec­ond term, and Wolf formed his own po­lit­i­cal com­mit­tee, the cam­paign for a Fresh start, and put Mcginty in charge.

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